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How to Get a Prison Pen Pal

If meeting new friends in bars is not working out, then follow these tips to find one behind bars.


  • Step 1: Search the internet Search the internet. There are countless web sites dedicated to helping prisoners find pen pals.
  • Step 2: Read the ads Read the prisoners’ ads. Most sites give you personal details about the inmates.
  • Step 3: Look for similarities Look for a prisoner with whom you have common interests.
  • Step 4: Look for a common end result Choose a prisoner who wants the same thing you do. If you are looking for only a pen pal, make sure the inmate feels the same way. Some are looking for romantic relationships.
  • TIP: When writing to the prisoner, make sure you include your intentions in the first letter.
  • Step 5: Start writing Start writing. Include personal touches in the letter, but don't reveal too much detailed information about yourself.
  • Step 6: Use a P.O. box Supply a P.O. box instead of a physical home address.
  • TIP: For your personal safety, and to avoid expensive collect calls, refrain from providing your telephone number.
  • Step 7: Mail the letter Mail the letter to the prison. Include the prisoner’s name, their Department of Corrections Number, barrack number, and sufficient postage.
  • FACT: As of 2008, U.S. federal, state, and local prisons housed 2.3 million inmates.

You Will Need

  • A computer with internet access
  • A P.O. box
  • A stamp

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