Background music costs an additional .) For six years, engineer Monica Valdez exchanged letters with Octavio Salgado through Write while he was in a Nevada prison on drug-trafficking charges. “I know a lot of people [who sell drugs] that haven’t been caught.” The pair exchanged letters for five years before Salgado agreed to visit him in prison. “He tells me how one letter changed his whole life,” Valdez says.
Since his release in July, they have spent nearly every day together. Prison personals are not explicitly about friendship or flirtation.
Arlen Bischke, founder of Meet-An-Inmate, said he notified a Texas jail nurse and a local newspaper reporter about his female pen pal’s claims of being sexually abused by two jail guards.
The two men were arrested and later resigned after authorities investigated her 1998 allegations.
Have you ever wanted prison pen pals or to write a prisoner?
It was Christmas of 2007 and i went to my best friend Sabrina's house to stay for awhile. I have no one to talk to, no one to turn to when I'm hurting from missing him so much.
We got our stuff ready and her dad took us to her Grandmas house to eat dinner. We were friends for awhile and I dated everyone in our circle including his brother. Being in love with someone locked up is so lonely sometimes, no one understands it.
“She told me that she spoke up and they did not believe her, Bischke says. This makes me feel like I am doing a service to the public.” In 2011, two cases were argued before the federal appeals courts in Atlanta and in Chicago about whether state-prison bans on pen-pal services violated inmates’ First Amendment rights.
Write APrisoner, along with Freedom Through Christ Prison Ministries, filed a lawsuit against the state of Florida, claiming that a rule prohibiting prisoners from posting online personal ads denied inmates the right to communicate with the outside world.