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my inmate have not written back

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johannehagen
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my inmate have not written back

hello everyone, this is my first post in this forum :) i wanted to know if anyone knew how long time it would take to get an answer back from DR, texas livingston? i sent my letter on may 30, and i have not recieved an reply yet. this is my first letter and my first inmate. His letter to me was dated 4.april but did not get to me (europe) until late may. Is this normal? thank you for any reply in this regard, thanks :)

VioletGrey
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There is no normal anymore. The world is in a pandemic and mail falls low on the priority. I have been waiting for mail from one of my PPs and I still haven't got anything dated from April this year. From one pen pal anyway, I did get one letter dated in April from another one at a different facility. I'm waiting anywhere between 6-15 weeks for letters to get to NZ from the US. 
Anyway, my point is that I can't tell you when you might get a reply, just to be patient and if you want, send another letter to say hi, that mail hasn't arrived and some other news updates from your life or new songs you like, to let your pen pal know you're thinking of them. 

ST4s
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International mail to/from the U.S. (where I live) is glacially slow these days. Violet has some great advice for you though, above. I've adopted a similar approach when time stretches out like this (which it can do for a multitude of reasons). Keeping the line open, as it were, sends a positive message - that you're a reliable soul.

johannehagen
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okey, thank you guys! i will do that :) i will write to him and just let him know i have not forgotten him.

Jeanne555
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Hello Johannehagen, have you ever tried jpay? My penpal is in Texas as well and I found that if I write to him snail mail and wait for him to reply that takes forever. So my solution was to send him jpays which get printed the next day for him after I sent them and he replies via snail mail to me. So this sped up the process for us and that's how we communicate. I still send him snail mail from time to time but it's just something extra for him to read whenever he will receive it. Try looking into it of you are interested.

Kelis Mort
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What is Jpay? Not familiar with this 

VioletGrey
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JPay is one of the electronic messaging services available in some prisons, and I don't personally use it but there are many people on the forum that do, and a lot of threads on JPay advice.
Basically you make an account on their website, search for your inmates name and add them as a contact. Then you buy virtual JPay stamps to write letters that way. You can usually include a pre-paid reply stamp for your pal to reply to you. You can also send images and in some States/prisons you can send video grams as well. 
But in Texas (and a few other States like Colorado and places in California) you can JPay them, the prison will print it off as a message and your pal will snail mail you back. So if you write to an inmate in Texas or Colorado make sure to include a return address in the body of the message so they have a way to reply to you.

Jeanne555
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Yes, everything Violet Grey said is true. For Texas you cannot include prepaid stamp for your inmate. I use jpay all the time and it works great for us. Plus it's kinda cool knowing that I can write something early morning and my penpal might receive it the same day printed for him. Makes him feel special that I was thinking of him that day.