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Inmates have been turning to WriteAPrisoner.com since its inception in 2000 to find a pen-pal, legal aid, educational opportunities, employment upon release, counseling, housing options, and so much more. We post profiles, photos, and contact information of inmates. You, the viewer, can then select which prisoners you would like to correspond with, both men and women, after viewing personal (interests, goals, etc.) and public (crime, release date, etc.) information. Once you have selected a prison pen-pal to correspond with, you have the option of sending your first message free of charge. Contact with prison pen-pals is then maintained via postal mail. Inmates cannot access their WriteAPrisoner.com profiles online in any capacity. We are a pen-pal website only. Inmates pay for pen-pal profiles. That income is used for operating costs as well as our Scholarships, Welcome Home Kits, Reintegration Profiles, and a host of other non-commercial Community Programs targeted at reducing recidivism and ultimately helping inmates help themselves.
Research shared on our Why WriteAPrisoner page and the Federal Bureau of Prisons shows that both male and female prison pen-pals who establish and maintain positive contacts outside of prison walls, pursue educational opportunities, and seek normalization through friendship, etc. are less likely to re-offend. Inmates from county jails, state prisons, federal prisons, on death row, and in rehabilitation centers across the country have posted profiles. We also have prisoners listed from outside of the United States. You can conduct an inmate search of inmates not listed on our website by using our Inmate Locator. Inmate lookup options are available for each location. We also encourage you to join our Prison Forum to talk with other members about related topics, such as what to expect when you meet an inmate, death row, correspondence, visitation, different departments of corrections, and more. By using or accessing WriteAPrisoner.com, you agree that you have read, understood, and agree to be bound by these Terms of Service and are at least 18 years of age.
70% of inmates scored at the lowest 2 levels (of 5) of literacy which is below 4th grade level.
75% of inmates are illiterate (at the 12th grade level)
19% of inmates are completely illiterate
40% are functionally illiterate (unable to write a letter explaining a billing error)
National literacy rates for adult Americans are:
21% for functional illiteracy