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MollyBloom
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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.

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That's pretty much how it goes with me too. I do love traditional letters as well, but it became clear from a very early stage that my PP prefers e-mailing, and I had nothing against that. Perhaps it's a monetary issue... although I have no idea which is cheaper at the end of the day, to pay for Corrlinks or for stamps. :shrug:

MollyBloom
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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.

... so this tactic actually works for you? :D

When I was a bit younger I often, before leaving for a bar or something, used to write a sort of a memory list on my arm - "DON'T TALK TO X! DON'T ASK ABOUT Y! KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT ABOUT THE SUBJECT Z!" and so forth. But usually the drunk me was just "oh the sober me is so dumb and reserved! :elefant:" and then I often ended up doing ALL the things the sane me told me not to.

I'm pretty sure this would happen all over again if I tried it with Corrlinks.

MollyBloom
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I kind of have an undying love for Corrlinks. It can be so frustrating from time to time, and sometimes I yell at it (true story bro), but then I end up loving it again.

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

Lol, I'm SO glad I'm not the only one who does this. :D

Tofutefisk
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I can't find a search option while using my tablet (computer died) so I thought I'd try this thread. There was an interesting looking person who recommended contacting him on AccessCorrections. I made an account and before I had a chance to load my credits, he wrote to me. I wrote back as soon as I loaded credits, but haven't heard back.

The guy said that he is kept super busy in there so it doesn't seem weird or anything, especially since we don't know each other yet, but does anyone out there know how this works? He's added to my contacts and there is a box to check to let him use my credits. Am I supposed to check that? Probably, eh? I wish the website had more thorough information. Also, is 35 cents a normal price per message? Just wondering what other services charge. This guy is at Oregon State Pen.

Tofutefisk
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Hi there! I hope you don't mind if I just jump in here.

First, I want to say that I've been following a lot of threads in here and you guy crack me up! I'm looking forward to getting to know you all better.

As far as mental illness goes, I don't think it is the cause of many heinous crimes. I worked in behavioral health for several years, and it's pretty rare that people with mental illnesses are violent. It's about the same as the general population. The crimes I saw most often were related to alcohol and drugs. People with, say, schizophrenia, aren't really more dangerous in general than people without a mental illness. There are many many more factors that go into causing someone to be violent.

That's not to say that someone who would kill and dismember another human being doesn't have something effed up going on in their mind. But a lot of those killers don't have something that is known or diagnosable. Some people are sociopaths, but that's not really a mental illness.

Being the bleeding heart that I am, I give a lot of weight to people's background stories. Not that people who had a horrible upbringing aren't responsible for their actions, but I think it can explain a lot if, for example, a person was to be in a gang. I think a lot of young people in those circumstances would not be incarcerated if they had better options available to them.

PixieWings
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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.

When "Bear" was in the transfer center in OK it only took about 30 minutes to get my emails from him, but when he was in FL it took forever to get them 4-6 hours...he was moved to the fed in KY and back to the hole so no more emails for a while..He was the inmate that was attacked back in May when the whole of coleman 2 was on lockdown, that is why he is in the hole.

Schavuit
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We send about 30 emails a day, no joke.

Woow!! That sounds like alot of mails. Is corrlinks faster than Jpay? I have sent my first Jpay-message last friday and it said that it takes 48 hours to reach the addressee.

How can the mailroom check the emails so fast?

Marianela
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I love corrlinks, we have the delay down to a science, if he knows I will be at an event at 8pm, I get an email right then saying "I guess you are at so n so now, hope you have fun..."
I can't complain at all about any of it, in fact, I want to hug the whole corrlinks staff and whoever invented it.

Marianela
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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.

Marianela
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4 those of you on my friends list, I have new pics up in my album. :)

Marianela
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And about all the mental illness vs. inherent evil vs. there is good in everyone-
I think all people have something good in them. When you look at someone's life as a whole, sometimes the harm they have done others grossly outweighs the good moments they have had. That doesn't change the fact that the good HAPPENED, though.
I can tell you that some people who committed some pretty gruesome murders would have never thought themselves capable. My lifer, for example, his crime was kinda bad. But he had never hurt anyone (physically) til the day he murdered someone. (As far as I know, and his story makes sense based on what I know about him and the world and people in general.) He lived a wild lifestyle, selling drugs, using drugs, etc., and one day the thrill of the big bad guy role, the pressure of trying to show other men that he's a boss, the adrenaline of a dangerous situation, it got the best of him and he did what he did. If that one day hadn't happened, he could easily have grown up and moved on with his life and settled down into something legit, or he could have continued his lifestyle and ended up in prison for a different crime, but for him and many others, one thirty minute section of time is what turned a person from a troubled, wild young man who loves his family and likes to travel the world and record music into a someone serving 2 lives plus 20. To say that that all murders are evil people is just too much of a stretch. His victim was an adult male drug user and sex offender who was armed with a deadly weapon. His sentence is equal to some who have murdered ten year old little girls. Am I saying one life is worth more than another? No, but I will say that in MY MIND if your victim is someone who is willingly participating in a criminal activity that is known to be dangerous, you should not receive the same punishment as someone who has a victim that is perfectly innocent.
Like I've said before, some people commit crimes that are never prosecuted, and go on to do something awesome, and history will label them as a hero...while someone else may do a million good deeds and then commit one awful crime, and history will label them as evil. There is so much gray area in the human experience that it is very presumptuous and shallow to be sure that someone is all bad or all good.

Marianela
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My corrlinks took his ad down. I guess he found a special connection with someone and didn't want new letters.;)

Marianela
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Hi there! I hope you don't mind if I just jump in here.

First, I want to say that I've been following a lot of threads in here and you guy crack me up! I'm looking forward to getting to know you all better.

As far as mental illness goes, I don't think it is the cause of many heinous crimes. I worked in behavioral health for several years, and it's pretty rare that people with mental illnesses are violent. It's about the same as the general population. The crimes I saw most often were related to alcohol and drugs. People with, say, schizophrenia, aren't really more dangerous in general than people without a mental illness. There are many many more factors that go into causing someone to be violent.

That's not to say that someone who would kill and dismember another human being doesn't have something effed up going on in their mind. But a lot of those killers don't have something that is known or diagnosable. Some people are sociopaths, but that's not really a mental illness.

Being the bleeding heart that I am, I give a lot of weight to people's background stories. Not that people who had a horrible upbringing aren't responsible for their actions, but I think it can explain a lot if, for example, a person was to be in a gang. I think a lot of young people in those circumstances would not be incarcerated if they had better options available to them.

You're in.
Lol, I'm still new too so I really have no authority to say that. But nice to meet you, I agree with you, and behind all the chatter about my thing with my corrlinks guy, I'm actually devoted to being a friend to the other inmates that i write to, and I am all too familiar with the culture of gang and street mentality, because I have a family member who is drowning in it, and had I not made some big decisions the way I did 14 years ago, I'd be right there with them. That deserves a "longest run-on sentence award".
So welcome, and I look forward to your posts!!

Marianela
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Northern, what's going wrong with yours?

Marianela
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Here, says exceptions may be made to that rule about knowing them before, and mine says exceptions are fairly common:
http://www.bop.gov/policy/progstat/5267_008.pdf
I know that's a few years old, has it changed?

Marianela
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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.

Marianela
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Rainy, shut up lol you were in on this from the day I decided I wanted a fed pp :)
Lolly you have a pm

Marianela
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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.

Marianela
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I know it's not mine :) but if they are at the same spot, I may know who he is, cause I got pics of all the homies and its a tight facility.

Marianela
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Depends on their facility
Mine uses it every two or three hours throughout the day except when he's on work duty. Can I ask what facility yours is at?
We send about 30 emails a day, no joke. It costs them per minute

Fire Walk With Me
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My corrlinks took his ad down. I guess he found a special connection with someone and didn't want new letters.;)

I can relate. Good job, boo.

BirdyB
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You guys! You're all 'you hang up' 'no you hang up'! so cute!

No it ain't Dallas.....I wanna kick the 'no you hang up' people up the a$$.....ha ha ha.

Beanz
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I like corrlinks and JPay due to the more instant response that you get. My snail mail takes weeks and its nice to be able to talk about something when it happens rather than having to try and remember when you write next. I always have great work stories and love to be able to pass them on when they happen. Ooo like last week when a guy brought a tapeworm in a jar into the Pharmacy.

Beanz
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I provide a prepaid JPAY stamp every time for my WA PP. For corrlinks, there's nothing you can do other than help with the cost or let them pay for it- up to you.

A corrlinks downfall :(

Beanz
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I LOVE CORRLINKS - just thought I would add my bit in too

Beanz
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I miss talking on corrlinks :(

*Hugs* There there it will all be over soon ..... :D

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

Beanz
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I got my FIRST corrlinks request today.

Ill stop complaining now LOL

Beanz
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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.

I have tried. Ill see if any new PPs write back. I got TWO new answers but neither were Federal.

Beanz
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I want one now.

Gee I sound like a small child lol GIMMEEE NOW!!!

rainy daze
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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.

I provide a prepaid JPAY stamp every time for my WA PP. For corrlinks, there's nothing you can do other than help with the cost or let them pay for it- up to you.

rainy daze
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... so this tactic actually works for you? :D

When I was a bit younger I often, before leaving for a bar or something, used to write a sort of a memory list on my arm - "DON'T TALK TO X! DON'T ASK ABOUT Y! KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT ABOUT THE SUBJECT Z!" and so forth. But usually the drunk me was just "oh the sober me is so dumb and reserved! :elefant:" and then I often ended up doing ALL the things the sane me told me not to.

I'm pretty sure this would happen all over again if I tried it with Corrlinks.

It does work with me, I think that, coupled with the dread of him reading it for 30 days has taught me a good lesson. I actually deleted them out of my sent messages, so I couldn't go and torture myself by re reading them.

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

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

rainy daze
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I kind of have an undying love for Corrlinks. It can be so frustrating from time to time, and sometimes I yell at it (true story bro), but then I end up loving it again.

Lol, I'm SO glad I'm not the only one who does this. :D

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.

rainy daze
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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.

No need to be sorry for laughing- it's ridiculous! I'm an idiot.

rainy daze
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Don't you hate it when the time delay renders your emotions historic before they even get to your PP? If only you could take them back when you calm down...

Yes I do hate that. I'm sure we'll have a laugh about it. I just cringe at the thought of him reading them. I did title one READ THIS FIRST where I explained what happened when I became rational again.....

rainy daze
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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......

rainy daze
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I miss talking on corrlinks :(

rainy daze
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My original PP committed a mass murder. I don't think he's evil. I think he was a screwed up kid. He's a dark guy, yeah- but not evil. So I don't always think an action makes someone evil.
But I TOTALLY think there are some people that are just plain bad.

rainy daze
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And about all the mental illness vs. inherent evil vs. there is good in everyone-
I think all people have something good in them. When you look at someone's life as a whole, sometimes the harm they have done others grossly outweighs the good moments they have had. That doesn't change the fact that the good HAPPENED, though.
I can tell you that some people who committed some pretty gruesome murders would have never thought themselves capable. My lifer, for example, his crime was kinda bad. But he had never hurt anyone (physically) til the day he murdered someone. (As far as I know, and his story makes sense based on what I know about him and the world and people in general.) He lived a wild lifestyle, selling drugs, using drugs, etc., and one day the thrill of the big bad guy role, the pressure of trying to show other men that he's a boss, the adrenaline of a dangerous situation, it got the best of him and he did what he did. If that one day hadn't happened, he could easily have grown up and moved on with his life and settled down into something legit, or he could have continued his lifestyle and ended up in prison for a different crime, but for him and many others, one thirty minute section of time is what turned a person from a troubled, wild young man who loves his family and likes to travel the world and record music into a someone serving 2 lives plus 20. To say that that all murders are evil people is just too much of a stretch. His victim was an adult male drug user and sex offender who was armed with a deadly weapon. His sentence is equal to some who have murdered ten year old little girls. Am I saying one life is worth more than another? No, but I will say that in MY MIND if your victim is someone who is willingly participating in a criminal activity that is known to be dangerous, you should not receive the same punishment as someone who has a victim that is perfectly innocent.
Like I've said before, some people commit crimes that are never prosecuted, and go on to do something awesome, and history will label them as a hero...while someone else may do a million good deeds and then commit one awful crime, and history will label them as evil. There is so much gray area in the human experience that it is very presumptuous and shallow to be sure that someone is all bad or all good.

I like this post, but I'm still going to agree with myself that some people are evil. I don't care if they like rainbows.

rainy daze
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I'm new too. But I feel I have authority, even if no one else thinks I do:welcomewagon:

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My corrlinks took his ad down. I guess he found a special connection with someone and didn't want new letters.;)

Yeah, he and I really hit it off.

rainy daze
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Hi there! I hope you don't mind if I just jump in here.

First, I want to say that I've been following a lot of threads in here and you guy crack me up! I'm looking forward to getting to know you all better.

As far as mental illness goes, I don't think it is the cause of many heinous crimes. I worked in behavioral health for several years, and it's pretty rare that people with mental illnesses are violent. It's about the same as the general population. The crimes I saw most often were related to alcohol and drugs. People with, say, schizophrenia, aren't really more dangerous in general than people without a mental illness. There are many many more factors that go into causing someone to be violent.

That's not to say that someone who would kill and dismember another human being doesn't have something effed up going on in their mind. But a lot of those killers don't have something that is known or diagnosable. Some people are sociopaths, but that's not really a mental illness.

Being the bleeding heart that I am, I give a lot of weight to people's background stories. Not that people who had a horrible upbringing aren't responsible for their actions, but I think it can explain a lot if, for example, a person was to be in a gang. I think a lot of young people in those circumstances would not be incarcerated if they had better options available to them.

I agree with everything you said. You can stay ;)

rainy daze
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But that's very different than natural law- being selfish is not the same as something we all know instinctively as evil.

But I am impressed with you journey :)

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rainy daze
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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.

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.

rainy daze
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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.

He also acted like he was a rock star.

rainy daze
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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.

True, but HE certainly gave the press a lot to work with.

rainy daze
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Sometimes I'm not concerned if someone is a good person or not. You can dream of killing people all day long for all I care, as long as you don't do it.

rainy daze
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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.

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

rainy daze
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It's possible, but difficult. I'm the emergency contact and I still might not get approved.

It doesn't really bother me though. I don't want to visit. I don't want to go inside the prison. I would only do it for his sake. So I kinda hope they don't approve me

rainy daze
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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.

It's possible, but difficult. I'm the emergency contact and I still might not get approved.

lollyann
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corrlinks

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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