by Former Jail Inmate

(Sep. 21, 2017) — [Editor’s Note:  On Thursday, The Post & Email spoke with a former county jail inmate, who offered the following as beneficial to the general public.]

Former Inmate:  One thing that is absolutely critical that people don’t understand is that when somebody’s in jail, write them a letter.

You can’t imagine what “mail call” means to these guys.

Everybody gives the excuse, “Oh, I don’t know how to do that.”  All you need is the inmate’s name and the address of the facility.

The P&E:  Do you also need the inmate’s booking number?

Former Inmate:  No, that’s a myth.  You can put anybody’s name on it and just write “Inmate…” You don’t need the booking number.  It’s a popular myth, and it’s invalid.

People love mail.  Take 30 minutes out of your day, go buy a stamp and write anybody you know in jail.  Mail call is like Christmas every day.  During the time I was in there, two years, some of these guys got nothing.

It’s something that anyone can do.

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