Writing an Inmate
Absolutely. You must be 18 years of age or older. If you are under the age of 18, we must ask that you leave our site immediately.
Instead of charging inmate's for our services like other companies, we make it free for the inmate and charge a much smaller fee to the visitor to view the inmate's direct contact information. If you wish you write an inmate, you must purchase credits. Each inmate profile requires 4 credits to unlock. Once you have purchased credits, it's as simple as finding a profile, clicking the unlock button, and reaching out to the inmate via mail or email now that you have access to the inmate's full name, inmate number and direct contact information.
No, you can write as many as you like.
Yes. Instead of charging inmate's for our services, like other companies, we make it for the inmate and charge a much smaller fee to the visitor to view the inmate's direct contact information. If you wish you write an inmate, you must purchase credits. Each inmate profile requires 4 credits to unlock. Other costs to consider is postal costs (stamp & evelope), if you wish to contact via postal mail.
The facilities will only deliver letters to inmates that have a return address and name shown on the envelope. We recommend that you use a PO Box in this case. As for the name, a fictitious first and last name will work fine. We encourage both a PO Box and fictitous name or last name until you are comfortable revealing.
In your initial letter, it’s important that you write out your purpose. Include questions that allow the inmate to define their purpose as well, along with any boundaries, in their reply. It’s always a good starting point to understand what both of you would like to get out of a pen pal relationship. Then you can build the conversation and relationship from there.
In many cases, yes. Inmates having the ability to correspond electronically is growing rapidly, and offered in many facilities already. However, if available, this system requires that the inmate add you to their approved contact list before you can begin emailing them. You must make contact with the inmate via phone or letter to request that they add you to their electronic contact list.
Very rarely are there any issues writing a prisoner from outside of your country. To be certain, we recommend contacting the facility to confirm they will allow incoming mail from outside of the country. Be sure to figure out the postage cost and share with the inmate so they are aware when writing back.
Like any relationship, inside or outside of prison, you should always use your best judgment when getting to know someone new. Take caution, and only share information you are comfortable sharing with anyone initially. Get a feel for their character and motives, and never feel obligated to continue correspondence if you are not comfortable doing so. There are really great people incarcerated that simply made a poor decision, but there are also people do not have the best character, morals and motive.
This could possibly be due to incorrect inmate information, facility transfer, inmate has been released, or unapproved items were inside of the envelope. The inmate’s profile information, including contact details, was provided by the inmate or the individual that listed the inmate. We recommend using the online state or federal inmate locator to verify inmate’s details. If it all matches, contact the prison to see if they can help.
Generally speaking, no. For gifts, many prisons require inmates to purchase packages directly from the publisher. However, each prison has their own rules. We recommend that you contact the facility directly, or visit their site for more information.
Creating an inmate profile is completely free. Select our free package shown on our home page to begin (http://intouchforinmates.com/#plans). It will then direct you to our application page for the profile information. Complete, check out, and you’re done!
As long as the inmate is still incarcerated, the profile will remain active and visible on our site. Profiles will only be removed if the inmate requests or is released from prison.
Logging into the site with the account email and password will allow you to manage the inmate’s profile.
You will find the “Forgot Password” link on the login page. Click the link, and it will send a password reset to your account email.
DOC Number is the unique Department of Corrections number assigned to state inmates. BOP (or FBOP) is the unique Federal Bureau of Prisons number assigned to federal inmates.