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One of my pp started mailing me via corrlinks .Do they get set times to access it in prison or do they have to wait in line to use it ?Can they just use it once a day or more ?I know this has probably been asked before but I cannot fond a thread .Many Thanks

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Not Fond /Find excuse the spelling

Edited by: lollyann on Nov 9 2013 - 9:03pm Reason: Imported from old database.
Anonymous
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Oh good! And a stiff drink! Or something else stiff....

dirty!

Anonymous
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I meant a stiff new BOOK to fan myself with.....;)
What's so dirty about that? Huh Sask? Surely even I couldn't corrupt a book!

*sorry everyone, that's an inside joke for Sasky*

bahahahhaha I know what kind of books you like!

Anonymous
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It's a very popular penpal state considering it has few perks for a relationship. Although I guess that would imply people don't think of that up front.

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Wouldn't that simply be a case of the sheer amount of inmates there are in Texas versus most other states and even moreso for California despite the ridiculous 6 week mail turnaround.

While I cannot speak for others I certainly have avoided specific states for a number of reasons.

Texas was always #1 on my avoid list...although I can't think of anyone I ever looked at from there. I did end up with a Texas penpal by accident.
The swag of the Illinois gent always caught my fancy more than any other state I suppose.
To each their own though :)

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Well I will clarify again his ad said nothing like that and he certainly never went out of his way to tell me about AD SEG .It was a good few letters in before it was even talked about .Had I have been boyfriend shopping I would have probably picked one with there chest bare and in a different state that I could talk on the phone to .Instead I went with what I was drawn to which was intelligence and laughter .I like those traits in a friend .

I don't think anyone thinks you were boyfriend shopping?

Anonymous
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One of mine fully admits he's a bad person. He doesn't do bad things any more and has dedicated his life to doing good to balance off all the harm he's done. But... I appreciate that he doesn't try to pull the "im actually good..." angle.

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Yea I agree...I always tell him that...his soul isn't lost forever just because of some bad decision made as a young man.
And someone truly bad wouldn't spend all of his time mentoring young angry convicts into doing better things with their lives once they're free.

But...I like his perspective and that he never tries to make excuses for what he's done.

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I didn't know him so I don't know. I only know what the press chose to tell us. If you only knew about my man what the press chose to tell you you'd probably think there was no good in him.

I think it's not so much what the press chose to tell so much as ...... someone who has it in them to commit those types of crimes...someone that has the stomach to do that... probably doesn't have a whole lot of good in them.

If people want to write people who have gutted and tortured other human beings...that's their prerogative ... but it's those criminals and those crimes, to me, that negates any glimmer of "good" that could be found within them.

I don't think a "good" person could torture another human being. That's not a crime that happens because you shot a gun or robbed a bank or pulled a knife.

Anonymous
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He also acted like he was a rock star.

Dozens of groupies will give that added ego boost every serial killer needs!

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Yeah, I learned my damn lesson. I actually put a note on the keyboard before I begin drinking that says "NO CORRLINKS" If I do stumble my way over to the computer it usually stops me.

bahahahaa OMG you're hilarious! (and insane)

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Stagnated;1116410 wrote:
Actually the very fact that you can't send money is the main reason you don't see any number of federal inmates all but demand in their ads that you contact them via Corrlinks as is the case with state inmates and JPay.

I hope your incessant negativity isn't how you approach your penpals.
I often wonder, if your experience has been so miserable, why you continue to have penpals?

Anonymous
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I have not had anyone demand anything of any specific type of contact in a specific way at all.

No actually thinking on it my Oregon pal said not to use the email option as it's too expensive and apparently I would be paying for his replies and he likes to pay his own way.

Just a FYI on the Oregon emails...it actually costs them nothing to reply. I know that it says that you do have to pay for their reply but... in reality you don't have to :)

Stagnated
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It's a very popular penpal state considering it has few perks for a relationship. Although I guess that would imply people don't think of that up front.

Wouldn't that simply be a case of the sheer amount of inmates there are in Texas versus most other states and even moreso for California despite the ridiculous 6 week mail turnaround.

While I cannot speak for others I certainly have avoided specific states for a number of reasons.

Stagnated
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we once had a post running on here about what makes a good ad and I went mad as someone said bad boy AD SEG looks good

That was likely me, and I still maintain and history has shown and demonstrated again and again that many women respond to this sort of ad, and which really would have been the point of any thread asking what sort and what do you say in an ad that gets responses.

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I know this will not be a popular comment and I truly do believe that people can change and certainly mature, however when I come across such statements as

Bad decisions do not make someone a bad person
I'm not a bad person, I just made some bad decisions
I'm a good person who made some bad choices

and all the endless variations including the cliched "good girl in bad situation" invariably in the first paragraph of so many ads I almost immediately go :roll: since in many instances it is being used as a line to cover up all previous bad deeds and place them in the irrelevant category and imply its "all big one mistake" that their even incarcerated in the first place so lets forget about it and never mention it again.

On the other hand, I surely do respect those ads and individuals who come straight out in their ads and say "yeah I did it, I was stupid so here I sit" or even "It seemed a good idea at the time". Then I have no problem easily moving past that and into a possible friendship.

Stagnated
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It would be good it they added an option like on JPay to send money if ever you wanted to because WU is an expensive pain in the ***!

Actually the very fact that you can't send money is the main reason you don't see any number of federal inmates all but demand in their ads that you contact them via Corrlinks as is the case with state inmates and JPay.

Stagnated
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That's an awfully pessimist view. I've never had any of my pen pals demand that I contact them in any specific way. I don't look at the ads a lot so maybe I have never ran across an ad that made that a requirement. :dunno:

It is something I have increasingly noticed in the past 2 years, particularly in certain states, prisons and especially units where you can easily tell the same person has written the ad for a number of persons. It is in a similar fashion to so many in California prisons (but always interestingly not Florida) literally demanding you send stamps and stamped enveloped for the privilege of writing them :roll: perhaps this is not so much the case with male prisoners there but it most certainly is with a goodly percentage of women.

Now I would understand perfectly if someone who is used to using email on the outside and doesn't have much experience writing letters or care much for handwriting would choose this way. However for me personally I have no interest in an "email buddy" and if any of the huge and quickly increasing multitude of federal prisoners (its actually reducing at the state level) stated such was their preference (with Corrlinks) I would likely not respond to them. But the fact is they don't, or at least so few of them that makes little difference, in contrast to those having access to JPay, since in virtually all cases (perhaps Oregon is an exception) they have to pay for the emails what is the difference? Why money of course, and I don't mean the money to pay for their emails, but money period.

Naturally I avoid responding to any of these ads as I would do to any ads that make a list of demands right of the bat (phone calls, stamps, packages amongst them) but that doesn't mean I haven't seen an unfortunate increase in the amount of these sorts of ads.

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Except I'm kinda glad he doesn't have corrlinks access right now. When he went into the hole, one of his "friends" sent me messages saying all kinds of bad stuff. So naturally I was confused, got a bit drunk and sent about 4 drunk, crying girl emails. I'm sure that'll make for happy reading when he gets out of the SHU......

I'm so sorry, but I laughed at the way you worded this. I can see it now, mascara stained emails and your pp going "wtf" when he sees them.
I'm the other way around really, I wrote one letter while drunk to Monty (It was basically a detailed rant about exboyfriends) and spammed his Corrlinks for days after that were spammed with "OMFG..I'm so sorry for what you're about to read... do you have it yet?"
Turned out he wasn't as weirded out as I thought he'd be.

februarymoon
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Not only that but if he's in Federal you can't even visit him right? That must be hard to just have letters. I don't know what I would do if I didn't have phone calls or visits.

Her Texas pp is in the TDCJ. The fed one is a different one. He's in Tucson.

februarymoon
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I think you have the right attitude.

I can't even promise my man forever because who knows? Life is a long time when you're not really living...

BTW -since your Texas pp is in the TDCJ you can visit. If you want to, of course.

februarymoon
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I've been to Hughes unit!

I visited my pp earlier this year in Washington when I happened to be in Seattle with work. It was great fun. He probably enjoyed it more than me because his family only visit once a year. It was a contact visit because that's how it is there but he said he would have liked even a window visit. It does mean a lot to them but it is a massive undertaking from the UK. I'm very fortunate that I don't pay for flights otherwise I wouldn't be able to visit my man very often.

februarymoon
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8 years in ad seg is very tough and I'm sure he'd appreciate a visit if you can get it to work out. My man is currently in seg and the visits are hard work emotionally. I know my man has a reputation among some on here for being no good because he is a repeat offender and is guilty as all get out on all but one of his charges but he's not a bad person. He just made some bad decisions. It sounds like your pp is similar. A good person who made some bad choices. It could so easily have been one of us.

februarymoon
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I'm nodding in agreement.

februarymoon
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But don't you think that part of "moving past that" is recognising that you have made bad choices? I'd rather someone say "I'm a good person who made bad choices" than someone say "it's not my fault. It's just the way I am". It takes a lot of courage for some people to admit they have made mistakes and poor choices in their life. I think that has to be applauded and respected.

februarymoon
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Febmoon I agree with what your saying .I would not accept Its not my fault .I would rather I am not a bad person however I have made bad choices and decisions but I know what I did .I am owning it and I am trying to change it .

And that's exactly how both my pp's and my man view their situation. And ultimately how most people who place an ad here view their situation. Placing an ad here to me basically says "ok I was wrong. I shouldn't have done that. But I'm still a decent person inside and I would like a friend to write to and help me get back on the track I strayed from". Apart from those that just want money. But we can all see past them.

My pp in Kansas is doing LWOP and I asked him whether he had exhausted all options of appealing his sentence. He said to me "Yes, I have no chance left to appeal. But why should I appeal? I killed those dudes. I deserve everything I get. What I did was a most terrible thing. But what matters is using my time here to show that there's more to me than a murder conviction".

februarymoon
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You see I think all people are born good. And they stay that way. I don't think people become un-good. I think some allow un-good thoughts and actions to take over for a while. But I don't think anyone loses the basic good that is in us all.

februarymoon
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Even Ramirez? I don't see any good in that guy.

I didn't know him so I don't know. I only know what the press chose to tell us. If you only knew about my man what the press chose to tell you you'd probably think there was no good in him.

februarymoon
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No I agree that torturing and gutting another human is evidence of severe mental illness. It's not even a moment of rage or a bad decision that leads you to that.

februarymoon
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Things happen for a reason. Even if the reason baffles us at first.

februarymoon
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I agree with this. Not all evil is based on mental illness.

Nope. Not all evil. I think there's a huge difference between deriving pleasure from torturing and gutting people and committing a crime through desperation or a momentary lapse of judgement. I watched a documentary on Dennis Nilsen the other day. How he enjoyed killing his victims (there were 16 of them) and he kept their bodies in his home to talk to them and even got his sexual pleasures from them. Then he cut them up and kept the body parts in various places of his home. He actually enjoyed what he did. Now that's a mental illness.

februarymoon
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Regarding giving or buying credits for inmates to respond, you shouldn't feel obliged to do this. And if you do decide you want to contribute financially to his messaging costs, then I would do so only when regular correspondence has been established, many, many months down the line. If ever.

Facilities with email functions all charge different rates. Federal inmates use Corrlinks which costs them 5 cents a minute, rather than having a "per message" cost. JPay facilities have a variety of prices too. Washington is, I think, the cheapest at around 16 cents per message. Kansas is 35 cents per message also. Some are even higher but they don't allow inmates to respond by email so the cost is only applicable to the outside person. I find Kansas particularly expensive when you consider that my penpal there only makes $18 a month from his job. 35 cents is a lot more money to him than it is to me. Even 16 cents in Washington is a lot when you are on $55 a month and 35% is automatically deducted by the state.

februarymoon
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Oh I don't think the JPay users want you to correspond by JPay because if the money situation. My penpals are both in states that allow mates to send JPay messages. One has a handheld tablet like a small ipad and the other uses a kiosk. To send me a letter in the post would cost each of them at least $1.10 plus the cost of the stationery. They can send a JPay for 16 and 35 vents respectively with no stationery costs.

One of them has been inside since 2005 and he used email and the Internet prior to his arrest. If he wanted to contact someone he sent an email. He didn't hand write a letter. Also he missed so much school when he was a child that his handwriting is almost illegible. The other was has been locked up for 20 years already on LWOP but uses JPay purely for cost. He prefers to hand write letters and has beautiful handwriting. He likes to take time with his letters and they are very poetic. But he simply cannot afford the postage.

They also like feeling as un-prisony as possible. Having to do everything by hand is a hallmark of being in prison. Being able to communicate electronically makes them feel free for a minute or two.

JoshA
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Stagnated;1116410 wrote:
Actually the very fact that you can't send money is the main reason you don't see any number of federal inmates all but demand in their ads that you contact them via Corrlinks as is the case with state inmates and JPay.

This hasn't been my experience at all. All have given me the choice on how I want to and when I want to write. Two have asked for money. On was kinda of group fundraising effort. The other said he needed a few things and said if I couldn't send money it was OK.

NorthernLight
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My Corrlinks Pen pal lives in a dorm and they have the computers right there in the dorm. I'm not sure if they have to stand in line or not. If you get 30 emails a day you must have several going at once because it takes approx 2 hours back and forth for them to get approved. At least where he is.

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Well he looks tight in all the right places ;)

LOL, wow! It didn't take long for this thread to go downhill.

NorthernLight
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Rainy I am trying to beat the record of naughtiness lol ;)

I think you are on the right path!

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All I can say is watch out for corrlinks. Everything I thought that I thought about writing inmates was flipped upside down when I met my corrlinks guy.

Are you sure it's Corrlinks? LOL

NorthernLight
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The connections are amazing .His pretty awesome .I just wish we could have phone calls but that wont happen in Texas .

Not only that but if he's in Federal you can't even visit him right? That must be hard to just have letters. I don't know what I would do if I didn't have phone calls or visits.

NorthernLight
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I think I read on PTO that many people got exceptions especially if they didn't get visitors before. I would imagine being in a committed relationship with the person would make it a bit easier. It's a silly rule if you ask me.

NorthernLight
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Beanz, go for it!! That's how I got mine, I think it was Northern L.'s corrlinks thread that motivated me to find one. Best decision I've made in years.

Where is it stated definitively that Feds can't have visitors they didn't know on the outside? I've heard too many different stories to know what to believe.

Well, mine isn't turning out that well but I'm glad that others have found good pen pals that way.

I don't know where that's written. I think on another forum it's talked about a lot so that's where I got that information. I think it's also in the Federal visiting guidelines but I'm not really sure.

NorthernLight
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I don't always think it's mental illness. I think some people are just rotten. But this is one of those topics that people usually go either way on.

I agree with this. Not all evil is based on mental illness.

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Northern, yes, we have quite a few going a day, there's general good morning goodnight how was your day, then certain topics, then 'finish the story PG', then "finish the story NC17", etc. so I get a round of 3-5 emails every 3-4 hours, his before work ones he sends around 6:20 am and I get them just past 8, he sends his good nights as they lockdown which come my way about 10:40pm, and all hours in between. Weekends are especially good, we literally talk all day.

That's cool. :) My corrlinks pal does that too but it's mostly what he ate for lunch. LOL. I guess there isn't much else but I'm hoping that he puts a bit of substance in his letters. I did try asking some questions. We'll see how that goes.

NorthernLight
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Ok so what I have learnt is DONT drink and Corrlinks, you might regret it later.

Applies to JPay too...trust me! ;)

NorthernLight
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Yeah, I learned my damn lesson. I actually put a note on the keyboard before I begin drinking that says "NO CORRLINKS" If I do stumble my way over to the computer it usually stops me.

Just put a note that says IF I AM DRINKING POST ON WAP. :)

NorthernLight
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I do post on WAP-I'm sure that's quite evident at times haha!

Naw!!!

NorthernLight
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Stagnated;1116410 wrote:
Actually the very fact that you can't send money is the main reason you don't see any number of federal inmates all but demand in their ads that you contact them via Corrlinks as is the case with state inmates and JPay.

That's an awfully pessimist view. I've never had any of my pen pals demand that I contact them in any specific way. I don't look at the ads a lot so maybe I have never ran across an ad that made that a requirement. :dunno:

NorthernLight
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I actually prefer to JPay or to send a corrlinks rather than a written or typed out letter just for the convenience. I was actually a bit disappointed when my corrlinks pen pal said that he was on email restriction. That won't make me not write him but I'd rather email. I rarely send R a real letter anymore but JPay him almost every day. If I do send a letter it's because I need to send something that won't copy on JPay, i.e photos or internet news stories. He actually prefers that I JPay him because he gets the letter the next day so he feels more "real time" connected in my life. The downside to that is that sometimes you get communication that has less substance than if you would have written a letter. I'm struggling with this right now with my corrlinks pen pal where he will write one line emails about something he is doing - Went to commissary today. I'm not sure if he wrote a letter that it would be any better. The two letters he has written have been 1/2 a page or 1 page letters with little substance. So I'm not sure that emailing is the cause.

All that being said, I wouldn't respond or continue to write someone that demanded anything from me. I have to think though if there is an increase that somehow it's working for some. :) Again, these people are in prison. It's hardly something that is surprising. I know that people say that it doesn't matter whether or not they are in prison or not, that respect is respect but inmates are not the most responsible, respectful, law abiding citizens or they wouldn't be where they are. They are doing what comes natural to them. Running games on people. Out of the 10,000 profiles on WAP I would guess that less than 10% want "just a pen pal". When I first started writing I wrote someone that within 3 letters wanted me to send him my sexual fantasies. Basically I just laughed it off, wrote him and said I wasn't going to do that and I would not be writing again and then moved on. The same as I would do if anyone demanded money or stamps or anything. I don't let stuff like that get to me or else this would not be a very pleasurable experience.

Welshy
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Well he looks tight in all the right places ;)

Well they like to look after themselves in Tucson :) and I have the shirtless photos to prove it!
I might have a pic of him as well, good group shot!

As far as USPs go its one of the better according to my pal. They can access it between 6am and 10pm sometimes get the messages as quick as an hour and don't have to wait to get on very often.

The app is awesome compared to that annoying captch code you have to put in online to view the inbox without it, and you can pretend you have a text when it beeps and you are bored at the inlaws for lunch!

Welshy
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I agree that something as instant and as regular as Corrlinks messaging does or can be totally changes the dynamic as it's so much more regular contact. Some days it just feels like texting another friend like I do with my free world friends! We didn't start using it for a few months of letters because I didn't know if that's what I wanted for a pen pal, also said no phone calls...ops!

We write letters as well and calling next week so if that goes well it might be a regular thing. I keep all my letters in a folder and now print out all my emails as well so now I have 1 folder for 4 pals and another 1 just for him in 7 months.

Funny how we think are attracted to the different states as well, I remember you saying Sask about IL before. The states varies and I might not even realise it at the time but all the guys I get on with the best so far have been country rather than city guys as well.

Welshy
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I know what you mean, just as I have not heard and think I will send a message to check everything is ok there about 10 mins later I get one which is way to fast for him to have got mine! Started to number the replies now or it gets confusing.

Oh no another aspect of drunk Corrlinks to be aware of, the emotional outbursts..... That's a whole lot scarier than my usual drunken naughtyness!