Welcome to Adopt An Inmate

It is an awful truth that many forgotten human beings languish in our nation’s jails and prisons. Thus, they have 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.

Know an incarcerated person who needs a friend?

Here's what you can do ⇒

1. Click the download icon above to open the Intro Letter and Inmate Application (PDF)

2. Print the documents

3. Mail the letter and application to the inmate

For prisoners housed in California only: Include a stamped envelope addressed to us so he or she can mail the completed application to us:

Adopt An Inmate
10810 N Tatum Blvd Ste 102-948
Phoenix, AZ 85028

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Calling all Angels: Our work is especially critical now, as inmates are being denied visits and contact with loved ones, and most programming and educational opportunities have been shut down since the Spring of 2020. AI is a true labor of love, and everything we do comes out of our own pockets. Any help you can give is most appreciated.

You can help: Volunteer

If you’re near Veneta or Eugene, Oregon, we’d love your help processing the mail. All other volunteer activities happen remotely. Location doesn’t matter.