Importance of Pen Pals to Inmates.
Drug addiction is a problem the world is struggling with and there are many people who are dealing with this problem who are behind bars. Besides the addiction issue, those who are in prison are most likely to be struggling with something. Spending days and nights locked in a cage is not fun at all and when there are free citizens to show these people that they matter to the society and the world at large then it will be easy to rehabilitate them. Many of those who are incarcerated spend time with are other inmates who may not be the most positive people in the world. The society can provide the inmates with hope through pen pals. Because of desperation, some inmates may rush to asking you for help with their legal situation, money or even gifts but the prison system does not approve of this. Your main goal should be to develop a friendship with the particular inmate which can be a channel for providing hope.
Do this as a group if you are comfortable initiating the conversation alone. If you are a church or community members, there are inmate pen pal projects you can get into and all you will have to do is write the letter and the leader will take care of the rest. Be sure to ask about the crime the inmate is in for so that you can assess your feelings towards interacting with him or her. Do not be quick to judge people though because you may never know when your kindness and help will help someone to change for the better. Stay away from inmates who are proud of the crimes they have committed because to change such a person will be a burden to you.
Pen pal friendship turns dangerous if you get too attached to the inmate. It is not your responsibility to fix what is broken with the inmates you become pen pal friends with because they have therapists for that and you may not be emotionally built to withstand what they are going through. When you find yourself losing grip on the purpose of the friendship, it is time you sought help from a therapist or a support group. What you should remember is that not everyone locked up in the prison is evil and some of the inmates show great remorse for their wrongs which means with proper support, encouragement and help they will end up making the wrong choice.