You can email their name and info to me at: Tasha@inmateink.ca and I will mail them out an application form the next day. Alternatively the prisoner can write me a letter requesting the application themselves.
When signing up, they choose an option that works for them, including duration on the site and membership fees. Gold members are also featured on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
You can write about your interests, hobbies, current events, pets or profession. It is important to be genuine and respectful. Just be yourself, be a friend. Encourage them to talk about themselves, their interests and dreams. Mail call is the highlight of the day for most prisoners and they will appreciate any contact from the outside.
No! You do not have to give your home address. However you do need to put a return address on the envelope or your pen pal won't receive it. We suggest a post office box, a work address or your local church address.
No you don't have to because most inmates have their basic needs taken care of. However if you want them to have a treat or get a few small luxury supplies then that would be ok. We suggest $30-$50 maximum. Inmates should not be asking you for money and if they are then please use your discretion. Some inmates are very good con artists and will try to prey on the gullible so be careful and don't get taken advantage of because you want to be nice. You can write a letter to the institution your pen pal is at for a list of items and prices on the canteen list so you have an idea of what things cost. (Please keep in mind when ordering a Christmas package, the prisoner usually has to order them in October, depending on where they live.)
We try to update our ads A.S.A.P. and often daily. Sometimes a member has a release date that has already past, that is because their release date changes as appeals go through the court system. If their address is still in their Ad then they are still behind bars and can still receive mail.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of a crime there is help available for you. Please follow one of these links:
Elizabeth Fry Society of Canada:
If you know someone presently incarcerated who might need some help getting set up on the outside once released please follow this link:
John Howard Society of Canada:
Other Links you might find helpful:
Calgary Dream Centre:
Calgary Legal Guidance: