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Art by CA inmate Martin Garcia


a typical monday
everything in my power
heart full of love
art by CA inmate ben ballard
a sense of hope
one love
old fashioned mail
processing mail
there are many vets in prison
inmates look out for each other
gratitude
ready to mail
we see lots of messages on envelopes
welfare check
first email in 24 years
more outgoing mail
world has enough ugliness
volunteer katie
odl-lay-ee-oh
stamp donation
joy from new adoptee
mission of mercy, from TX prisoner
a note of thanks
believe in good people
art from prison
good hearted people
craving appreciation
what is truly of value
every one of these letters is from a human being
all in a day's work
gift enclosed
thank you
blue heart
1300 years
books not money
inmate donation
no small investment
smile
not right at all
mail to process
mountains of mail

It is an awful truth that many forgotten human beings languish in our nation’s jails and prisons having little to no contact with the outside world. Incarceration carries with it a parade of emotions, including shock, fear, helplessness, shame, anger, frustration, anguish, and depression — surviving is a daily battle. Inmates without agency face extreme challenges that limit their chances for success both during and after their incarceration.

Receiving mail from the outside world has a profound impact on an inmate’s daily life. A name called out at mail call signals to other inmates and staff that there is someone on the outside that cares for them – making them less vulnerable to violence and abuse.

Many inmates never hear their name called.

With pen, paper, and stamps, you can change that.