I know this sounds like a silly question (I admit ignorance), but I got to wondering about this because even a good many of the ones outside of solitary and among general population (surrounded by other inmates) express this sentiment. I'm sure a good many of our own penpals have expressed the same. And that's the thing, my main penpal is very outgoing, very charismatic and self-assured and espouses a love of communication, and I know with his personality he has surely made several friends that side of the wall, so it puzzles me a little. The nature of loneliness is simply as it is, of course, we all understand that, but do inmates tend to not socialize well amongst themselves/one another?
What have your penpals said about it?
I understand the being away from familiar faces, but, too, some of them have been in for so long, they've long grown adapted to the environment and undesirable circumstances.