I have wanted to write to inmates for some time now but was waiting for my birthday (and honestly briefly forgot about it). I have looked into the cost of getting a PO Box and things such as letters supplies and stamps. I am willing to shell out money for this because I don't think I can keep saying prisoners are human without putting my money where my mouth is and treating them as such. I love people deeply and believe that everyone is worthy of redemption if they want it.
With this new delve though has come a problem; my parents. I am still living at home until the Fall when I go off to college. My parents are good people but they don't have the greatest view of prisoners as they are very into true crime and damaging prison reality shows. I have plenty of plans designed to stay safe and cut contact if things go to a place I do not feel is appropriate (if it can't be fixed of course) but they are still really uncomfortable and frightened by the whole idea. I told them only because I do not want to hide letters and my hobbies from them. I don't plan on meeting these people face to face or dating any of them so I am a little frustrated by their dislike of me doing this when I have plans in place to avoid complications. I don't know, I'm just venting now but I hope that some of you will have advice. I plan on doing it regardless of their wants as they cannot stop me as long as it doesn't come back to them but it is still hard to have my parents worried and against this.
Thank you in advance for your help