Merits of Inmate Pen Pals.
Not everybody dreams of being a drug addict but sometimes it happens and it goes without saying that many people who are behind bars are addicted. Moving on, there are people who are incarcerated dealing with different kinds of struggles. 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. It is worth noting that there are serial criminals behind bars and if the inmates are exposed to such kind of people for a long time then believing that they can make a positive turn in their life may not be an easy time. The society can provide the inmates with hope through pen pals. It is common for inmates to ask for legal help, money or gifts from pen pals but this should not deter you from helping them because the prison system prohibits this. The purpose of the relationship is to forge a friendship because it will be easier for them to trust you to the point where they can be encouraged by you and make a point of changing for the better.
If you are scared of communicating to an inmate by yourself, you may choose to write a group letter. There are community and church projects in which members can write to inmates and the project leaders oversee the correspondences. Before you decide to forge a pen pal relationship with a particular inmate, make sure you have full disclosure of the crime they committed so that you do not have to battle your own feelings later. If you have strong feelings against the crime the person has committed, you need to sort through them because even those who are judged harshly by the society can easily change when they are shown some degree of understanding and acceptance. However, you need to avoid inmates who show no remorse for the crimes they have committed because they may end up putting you through too much emotional stress.
It is one thing to be pen pal friends with an inmate and it is a totally different one to be attached to them. 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. 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.