While incarcerated, many people feel isolated, abandoned, and forgotten. We believe letter writing is one way to sustain hope and positive social ties. To see some of the research on the importance of maintaining social ties while incarcerated for future desistance from crime, see our 2015 letter on inmate visitation. If you’d like to be matched with a pen pal, we keep a running list of people we know and their mailing addresses. This list changes frequently, so contact us so we can help you find a good match and give you up-to-date contact information.
We know it’s hard to keep up with letter writing, so sometimes we get together to write letters together. Each Thursday a small letter writing group meets in downtown Harrisonburg over lunch (about 11am-2pm) to write letters to prisoners, politicians, and our friends. This is an informal group, and there’s no guarantee that anyone will be there any given week, but we’ve found the practice of setting aside this time helps us write more letters. Join us at the Golden Pony, 181 North Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22802 every Thursday at lunchtime.