Why Inmates Need Pen Pals.
There are many drug addicts in the world and many of them are behind bars. Moving on, there are people who are incarcerated dealing with different kinds of struggles. Shutting them away is not going to help if they do not feel like the society likes them. Given that the inmates will be spending time with some of the most notorious criminals in the world, it is hard for them to be influenced positively. The society can provide the inmates with hope through pen pals. It is not a surprise for the inmates to be eager to ask if you can help them with money, send them gifts or even get legal help for them but this should not be what you sign up for, given that even the prison system prohibits such. Your main goal should be to develop a friendship with the particular inmate which can be a channel for providing hope.
If you are scared of communicating to an inmate by yourself, you may choose to write a group letter. 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. Some of them will tell you remorseful stories and when you take up their emotional baggage you might end up depressed. 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. However, note that not all inmates are dangerous and some are really committed to paying their dues and making changes and the best you can do to them is show support rather than shunning them.