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Silas Sydenham
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Non-USA prisoners

How many of us write to incarcerated people outside of the USA? Negative answers are encouraged.

I'll kick off:
I write to one in Australia
One in Indonesia
Two in Nigeria
and to a group of guys in Niugini.

Edited by: Silas Sydenham on Apr 10 2014 - 7:02am Reason: Imported from old database.
staminaK
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One U.S. penpal site, PrisonPenPals.com, has links on its site for the following: African, Australian, Belgium/Holland, Canada, Egyptian, Irish and United Kingdom.

Franconia
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How many of us write to incarcerated people outside of the USA? Negative answers are encouraged.

I'll kick off:
I write to one in Australia
One in Indonesia
Two in Nigeria
and to a group of guys in Niugini.

That is interesting! Are these guys all from Australia originally, or do they have different nationalities? I mean as long as the correspondance is in English it wouldn't matter right.
Actually I think it would be very interesting to write people in such countries also. However, I have never seen any ads from inmates in Asia or Africa.
Once in a while I have seen ads from German prisoners, but on the one hand I don't think they need penpals (in comparison to US inmates) because they really have so many privileges... on the other hand, they mostly have short time sentences so I wouldn't feel that safe either. Here we can't see what crimes they are in for so it would really be dangerous if someone is lying about his crime and you don't get it. Plus I prefer writing inmates with a long sentence.

Franconia
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[QUOTE=Silas Sydenham;1027331]Australia: my cousin, who offended in Indonesia, and returned to Australia on a three-cornered prisoner exchange with Fiji. He's in an open prison.
Indonesia: a high-profile prisoner originally from Vietnam, but who holds Australian citizenship.
Nigeria: stateless people, Africans educated by English-speaking missionaries.
Niugini: these guys are 'rascals', the Niugini equivalent of gang members. My letters to these guys are in pidgin, which I learnt as a teenager listening to radio australia. I occasionally need help with my letters, and there are several pidgin speakers living close by me.

All those I have written to have been serving a long sentence.

To identify captives needing penpals outside the USA, [I]Amnesty International[/I] can be very helpful; or you can contact prison chaplains in the country you're interested in.[/QUOTE]

Wow i's really cool that you write to so many people in different countries. And especially in pidgin. Apart from that, it must be interesting also from the cultural aspect to write with people from different backgrounds.
Ah and thanks for the advice, I didn't think of Amnesty international :o

fee
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I only write to/have only ever written to American prisoners...I wouldnt ever write to anyone from the UK...look at all the rights they get and short sentences...they would probably be out by the time a letter got there :)

Iv read some ads from other countries but havent ever done anything about it.

wildart
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I only write to American prisoners. I'd like to write to one in my own country (Canada) but there aren't many ads out there and I haven't come across one that's really spoken to me.

hitthehighway
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Silas this is very interesting. I set out to write to someone in the UK but could only find organisation that matched YOU to a PP. They could be anybody, probably someone who has no contact with anyone which makes sense but I really did not like the thought of not being able to have some choice. You do not know their crime and are advised not to talk about it, of course they could tell a few fibbs anyway. That is how i came about this website etc.

hitthehighway
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Thanks Silas.

tikamoi
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look at all the rights they get and short sentences...they would probably be out by the time a letter got there :)

:rollinglaugh: So true Fee!
I wanted to write to a french guy who is incarcerated in Indonesia but his case is kinda famous and i've read he had thousands of emails through the website his mother manages for him

Silas Sydenham
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That is interesting! Are these guys all from Australia originally, or do they have different nationalities? I mean as long as the correspondance is in English it wouldn't matter right.
Actually I think it would be very interesting to write people in such countries also. However, I have never seen any ads from inmates in Asia or Africa.
Once in a while I have seen ads from German prisoners, but on the one hand I don't think they need penpals (in comparison to US inmates) because they really have so many privileges... on the other hand, they mostly have short time sentences so I wouldn't feel that safe either. Here we can't see what crimes they are in for so it would really be dangerous if someone is lying about his crime and you don't get it. Plus I prefer writing inmates with a long sentence.

Australia: my cousin, who offended in Indonesia, and returned to Australia on a three-cornered prisoner exchange with Fiji. He's in an open prison.
Indonesia: a high-profile prisoner originally from Vietnam, but who holds Australian citizenship.
Nigeria: stateless people, Africans educated by English-speaking missionaries.
Niugini: these guys are 'rascals', the Niugini equivalent of gang members. My letters to these guys are in pidgin, which I learnt as a teenager listening to radio australia. I occasionally need help with my letters, and there are several pidgin speakers living close by me.

All those I have written to have been serving a long sentence.

To identify captives needing penpals outside the USA, [I]Amnesty International[/I] can be very helpful; or you can contact prison chaplains in the country you're interested in.

Silas Sydenham
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If you're still interested in writing to a UK prisoner:
Contact the Diocesan Bishop in your area (NOT a suffragen bishop). He will tell you who the prison chaplains are (in the Anglican world they usually combine the chaplaincy with parish ministry). Speak to the chaplain, and take it from there.

Silas Sydenham
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Like I mentioned before:

Amnesty International can be helpful

And prison chaplains.

It takes a bit of work.

Melanie1972
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[I]HOW do you find pp's in countries besides the U.S.A.? i've never seen but maybe 3 ads. before for them.nothing like there is for inmates in the U.S.A.[/I]

Benn
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..I wouldnt ever write to anyone from the UK...look at all the rights they get and short sentences...they would probably be out by the time a letter got there :)

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I take it from this you read the Daily Mail & have no experience of UK legal services? You cant write them because its not allowed for ''fun'' only compassionate, education & reintegration. Inmates have to have approved address contacts at most prisons. So your ''rights'' issues are flawed right away? What about books for jails, an issue allowed in US prisons but not in UK prisons a issue thats been in media recently? Education is also dire in UK prisons. On most things UK prisons & US are very similar, in some cases US prisons are better. I'd look at drug rehab programs for that, UK is **** for rehab.
Sentences are harsh in the USA but for stuff like drugs n petty theft there the same, violence there similar but attitudes are different & prisons in UK more chilled out. I sugest you read up more on 3 strike rules, ido's & recalls. Why are UK prisons overflowing if sentences are to light?