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Pen Pal Roster - Click Your Pen Friend!

All the inmates posting ads on this web site are listed on the left side of the screen. By default the pen pal name roster shows the longest continuous running ads, top-down.
If you choose to change the order you can select New Ads First, Old Ads First, By First Name, By Last Name or By State, and the new selection will be in effect for the duration of your session or until you change it again.

Before you start using this web site you must be aware of a few limitations prisoners have, things that most of us take for granted.

Inmates do not have access to the Internet! State and Federal Prisons do not allow computers, cell phones, tablets, or anything that connects to the Internet inside the confinement area. An inmate in possession of such a device is in violation of prison rules, and the consequences are severe.

Federal inmates have access to e-mail through, a pre-aproved third party vendor. If you want to send a message through them you have to register and pay $0.25 to $0.30 per message with your credit card.

Some state prisons allow their inmates to use to send and receive e-mail for about the same prices.

The inmates with active ads on our web site have a personal message box, as part of the service, where you can leave messages free of charge. It is best used for initial contacts and keeping in touch. All messages are downloaded, printed, and sent to each individual inmate by regular mail at the end of each week. They can respond to your message either by writing directly (provided you leave a return street address), or by e-mail that we will send on their behalf after scanning their response letter (it will take longer to get a response). Be sure to leave a valid e-mail address. For a faster response to your message be sure to leave a return mailing address.

"Don't get the idea that I'm knocking the American system." - Al Capone

If you thought that befriending someone in prison is a rarity, think about six degrees of separation. Six Degrees of Separation is the theory that anyone can be connected to any other person on the planet, by way of introduction, through a chain of acquaintances that has no more than five intermediaries; friend of a friend in a maximum of six steps.

Now plug in these numbers in the theory: according to the 2012 yearend report released by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (, about 6,937,600 offenders were under the supervision of adult correctional systems in the United States. (Adult correctional systems include inmates held in state and federal prisons or local jails, as well as those on probation or parole.) That's 1 in 35 adults. USA has the largest percentage of prison population in the western world - 2.9%.

So, if it's possible to connect to one of the 7 billion people in the world in just six steps, how unlikely is that you already know or are just one step away from getting acquainted with someone in prison?

This web site is designed specifically for the purpose of facilitating positive communication with prison inmates. More then half of them are doing hard time for non violent or drug related crimes hanging by a thread in an environment designed to punish people rather then to rehabilitate them. Prison life is hard and they need all the support and encouragement they can get.

And yes ... you must be at least 18 years old to use this service!



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