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lonelyside
lonelyside

Hi, a newbie from Europe here!

I recently sent two letters via the WAP system, which I know will take a bit to be delivered, so I'm planning to send an actual letter to a PP (federal prison, Texas).

I was wondering about the technical aspects of writing a letter. For example, can it be handwritten or does it have to be printed? If handwritten, does the paper type matter (lined, grid, size)? What about the pen colour (blue, black, pencil)? I read some general guidelines online, so I know that no stickers, symbols, glitter, etc. should be included. In the future, can I send my PP a drawing?

I looked up the prison's website, but couldn't seem to find any detailed info, just the mailroom policy.

I feel like some of my questions are silly, but hey, this is my very first time. In my country, when it comes to filling out government documents, even the pen ink matters :) So I want to be sure, as I don't want my letter to be rejected! 

If there's anything else I should make note of, please let me know.


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jennapark19999
jennapark19999

Hi! My penpal is incarcerated in Texas as well, so I can give you a few tips. Handwritten letters are allowed, but only on white paper written with either black or blue pen. Lined or gridded paper should be fine. I`m not sure about paper sizes but just to be safe, I would go with the standard A4 paper size. My penpal told me he is not allowed to receive drawings but only pictures of them, which kinda sucks. But you can still draw them something, take a picture of it and send the photo their way. Speaking of photos, the limit of photos allowed in one letter is 10. 

Your questions aren`t silly at all, I didn`t know a lot of this stuff myself either and had to ask my pp! If you have any more questions I can try to answer them for you but I`m sure your penpal wouldn`t mind helping you out either, since they don`t want your letter to be rejected either and they`re the ones who know the most about this :) 

 
lonelyside
lonelyside

Thank you kindly for your reply, I really appreciate it! It's all really helpful :)

I'm looking forward to writing and sending this letter. Fingers crossed that I'll get at least one response from the people I've written to :)

 
lonelyside
lonelyside

Thank you for the tips ST4s :) Just to be safe I decided to keep my first letter short, but this will be useful in the future.

 
LetíciaSalazar
LetíciaSalazar

so guys, i'm new to this, i wrote a letter here for a prisoner, but i'm not sure how he will answer me, if i will receive something by email or if the letter will come to my house, you who have more experience here can you help me ??I live in Brazil

 
Kirsten
Kirsten

Leticia, if you used WaP's emailoptiion for initial contact, the answer will be sent to the address you used when your registered your profile here on WAP.

 
Tatiana.Ramírez01
Tatiana.Ramírez01

I HAD THE SAME QUESTION. The prisoner is going to reply me in my mail box, right?

 
Tatiana.Ramírez01
Tatiana.Ramírez01

I HAD THE SAME QUESTION. The prisoner is going to write a letter and then his letter is going to be in  my gmail box , right?

 
lonelyside
lonelyside

Tatiana, I'm still new to all this, but from what I gathered by browsing this forum and the website FAQs, if you use the "send email" option, your letter will be printed out by the WAP team and sent by traditional mail, so your PP will sent their reply via mail to the address you provided on your profile here. You're not sending an actual email per se.

 
Aitor
Aitor

Exactly.

If you want a faster communication is better to use Corrlinks, Jpay or whatever. I said this before, but for me the best option is seeing if your penpal has some of those institutional mails and put it in your WAP mail ("Hey pp I´m writing you because... and if you want you can send me mails to Corrlinks/Jpay/etc"). In other hand you can use that and snail mail both at same time.

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fayedotcom
Me

Heya , I was wondering if you knew , if I wanted to hand write and not use the WAP layout - would that be ok ? and also are printed pictures allowed in the letters ? Did you send by Royal Mail and roughly how much did it cost for tracked not signed delivery? 

 
fayedotcom
Me

iHeya , so if I do a collage of printed photos on a word document and print it out will that be okay? And I don't have to use the layout that WAP give on the write a letter link ? 

 

 
mjuran
mjuran

fayedotcom:  You never have to use the layout WAP provides in the "email to inmate" option provided.  Just write your own letter without sending it through WAP, sent directly to the inmates address, with your own return address included on the inside letter as well as on the envelope exterior.

Photo collages are considered a no-no most places I've seen.  You're allowed to send individual photos, but not allowed to try to combine several pics as one photo attachment to save money.

 

 

 
mjuran
mjuran

Tatiana, how do you think the inmate would be able to send an email to your gmail box?  They do not have internet access or email, and unless you sent someone your gmail address, where would they get it from?  WAP sends your "email" as a forwarded letter through the post.  The inmate then has the option to write you back by post to whatever postal address you've provided.  No email is ever involved.  There are other services (JPay, Corrlinks, GTL) that offer other ways of communicating with an inmate besides US Postal mail, but you'll have to sign up for one of those independently in order to use them, whichever one your pen pal has access to.  All correspondence after the initial letter happens by either postal mail, or on one of those prison-specific paid electronic messaging services.

 
Atifanny
Atifanny

hi i'm new here, i live in Brazil and i would like to know how it works!

 
mjuran
mjuran

Atifani, there is so much detail to learn about, it would be hard for anyone to explain the whole "way it works" in a few sentences.  But I will try.  Profile ads of prisoners looking for pen pals are displayed under the "profiles" tab on this site.  Choose any you you would like to write to.  You can write to their prison postal address by snail mail, or when available (case by case) there may be paid electronic messaging services like JPay to use for ongoing correspondence.  You can use WAP's help to write a first "email" that they forward to the inmate for you, but you don't have to use this method and it's only good for the first intro letter anyway.  When you have specific questions about anything, the FAQ section is a good place to read, and you can ask anything not addressed there, here on the forum.  Good luck and happy writing!

 
Alexsander44
Alexsander44
Thanks for this post Google