When individuals are incarcerated, they often lose contact with the outside world and feel isolated from their loved ones. However, studies have shown that when inmates have a pen-pal or receive support from the outside, it can significantly impact their rehabilitation and reduce the likelihood of reoffending. In this blog post, we’ll explore the value of supporting and pen-paling with prisoners.
The Importance of Support for Inmates
According to research, prisoners who receive support and maintain contact with the outside world have a higher chance of successful rehabilitation. This support can come in many forms, including pen-paling, sending care packages, and visits from family and friends. It can also provide a sense of hope and motivation to inmates who may be struggling with the challenges of prison life.
CTF’s Program Coordinator, Rachel Perry, encountered many prisoners who’s family had completely abandoned them during their incarceration. One inmate in particular told Rachel that in the 5 years since he was in jail she was the first person he talked to from the outside who wasn’t his lawyer. The Dreams For Prisoners program is successful because it combines two aspects of therapy for inmates: Firstly, it helps them understand their dreams and apply the messages to create change in their lives. Secondly, it helps keep the loneliness at bay and give hope to those inmates who have the potential to get their lives back on track.
Benefits of Pen-Paling for Inmates
Pen-paling is an excellent way to support inmates and make a difference in their lives. When inmates have a pen-pal, it can help them feel connected to the outside world, reduce their feelings of isolation, and provide a sense of purpose. Writing letters can also help inmates practice their communication skills, learn new things, and express themselves in a safe and healthy way.
Studies Show the Impact of Pen-Paling on Inmates
Research has shown that pen-paling can be an effective tool in reducing the likelihood of reoffending. According to a study conducted by the Minnesota Department of Corrections, inmates who receive at least one letter per month have a 13% lower chance of returning to prison than those who do not receive any letters. Another study conducted by the Florida Department of Corrections found that inmates who received regular letters had a 36% lower recidivism rate than those who did not.
How to Get Involved in Supporting Inmates
There are many ways to get involved in supporting inmates, including volunteering with prison programs or organizations, writing letters to inmates through pen-pal programs, and donating to organizations that provide support to prisoners and their families. By providing support to inmates, you can help break the cycle of crime and make a difference in the lives of those who may be struggling to find hope and motivation.
Get Involved in Supporting Prisoners Today
Supporting and pen-paling with prisoners can have a significant impact on their rehabilitation and reduce the likelihood of reoffending. Research has shown that inmates who receive support from the outside world have a higher chance of successful reentry into society. By volunteering with prison programs, writing letters through pen-pal programs, or donating to organizations that provide support to prisoners and their families, you can make a difference in the lives of those who may be struggling to find hope and motivation. Take action today and help break the cycle of crime.