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self-help for inmates series

Helping Incarcerated Friends and Family Help Themselves

Would you like to help an incarcerated person improve their life? Welcome to WriteAPrisoner's Self-help Series! Many people feel frustration and think their lives cannot move forward during incarceration. However, that is not actually the case. There are many opportunities to develop and progress in life, such as taking correspondence courses or engaging in facility programs. There is even a great deal inmates can do on their own, much of which is research-based. Even better, many of these resources are free. If you are interested in helping your pen-pal improve their situation while incarcerated, please look through our PDF library below and select the guides you think best apply to their particular situation. Then, just print and send them. Many inmates are actively getting their lives back on track and taking steps to prevent recidivism thanks to someone like you.


Most Common Challenges

Over the years, incarcerated people have asked for guidance in specific areas of their lives. These include maintaining family ties and trying to be a good parent during incarceration. Some need assistance finding education and employment opportunities or housing upon release. Others are focused on getting and staying healthy, both mentally and physically. Sadly, one of the most common questions we are asked is how to prepare for incarceration. We've tracked the most common challenges inmates have shared with us and addressed them in this series. Experts have long recognized the benefits of self-help in developing the human potential of inmates. By printing and sharing the appropriate topics, you can have an impact. Thank you for not giving up on those who are incarcerated, and thank you for helping make our world a better place.


Disclaimer:’s Self-help Series are provided for general informational purposes only. These materials do not contain or constitute, and should not be interpreted as, professional financial, legal, or medical advice or opinion. is not a financial, legal, or medical professional, and does not provide financial, legal, or medical advice. It is recommended that you research all content provided in the Self-help Series yourself and consult a professional if you have questions. By reading this, you agree to the terms of this disclaimer, including, but not limited to releasing from any and all liability, damages, and injury from your reliance on the information contained in the Self-help Series materials.


Back to School

Education Opportunities for Inmates.


Back to Work

For Inmates Coming Home within the Year


Battling Substance Abuse

For Individuals Overcoming Addiction


Credit Repair & Finances

Financial Literacy During & After Incarceration 


Going to Prison

For Individuals Facing Incarceration


Maintaining a Prison Relationship

Strengthening Your Relationship During Incarceration  


Maintaining Your Health

A Guide to Staying in Shape While in Prison


Parenting from Prison

For Parents in Prison


Preparing for Parole

For Inmates Appearing Before the Parole Board


Repairing Reputation & Restoring Rights

For Individuals Who Want To Improve Reputation and Status


Starting Your Own Business

For Ex-offenders Looking to Start Their Own Business


Stress Reduction & Anger Management

Improving Your State of Mind


Tips for Visiting Prison

For Individuals Visiting Loved Ones Behind Bars


Welcome Home Guide

For Inmates Coming Home


Writing a Professional Letter

Tips & Guide to Writing a Professional Letter