“WRITE THEM A LETTER”
by Former Jail Inmate
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.