Writing letters to your loved ones in prison is a special and meaningful way to stay connected. Since correctional staff sort through mail and check it, the process of sending mail to a prison is a slow one, but it is still worth the time and effort.
Before you write your letter, call your correctional facility to ask about their rules and regulations for mail, since requirements will vary by each prison. According to an article titled “Sending Books, Letters, and Photos to an Inmate” published by PrisonPro, requirements generally include that you write with a pencil or pen and that you don’t include staples, paper clips, glitter, lipstick, fragrance, or drawings and markings that can be interpreted as secret code.
WHAT TO WRITE
You can include family news and updates and fun details of your life to help maintain your relationship. You can send them prayer requests and ask how you can be praying for them. Remember that anything you write will be read by a third party, so only write about things that you are comfortable sharing with other people.
Sending photos to prisoners helps them to feel even more connected to you. Photos can be sent along with your letter or through a service like Pelipost, a mobile app that allows you to upload and send photos to prisons.