The following is a letter to insidetime, from issue January 2013


From Dean Hardcastle - HMP Leeds

I’ve just spent five weeks on basic and I really tried very hard to find a pen pal. I didn’t get one but I hope your good paper would start something like that. After all how many people will want a pen pal, them that don’t have anybody at all. Please think about putting a page in every month

Response from: Inside Time responds

Inside Time used to run a pen pal column but, due to abuse of the facility that resulted in embarrassment and distress to others, we withdrew the service; it is also the reason we do not print requests for pen pals in the mail bag section despite regular requests.

We do hold details of various organisations that will endeavour to find a pen pal for prisoners and you can request this fact sheet by writing to Inside Time at Botley Mills.

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Comments about this letter

8/1/2013 Shelly G

Check out the E Mail a Prisoner service, they have a Pen Pal facility.
Good luck, I hope you find a good friend

16/1/2013 Wayne

I understand that the penpal service that used to operate in the paper was abused by prisoners, but in this day and age with this website, im sure you could add a section without the need to publish names and numbers in the paper therefore eliminating the abuse?

17/1/2013 Lea - -

BTG has run a pen pal service for many years. We never advertise the prisoner's details and all pen pal info is kept private too. We have a safe address to use to send letters and the rules are that everyone must use it.

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Summary of letters in the Mailbag for January 2013
Star Letter of the Month Mentoring scheme should not be undermined
10 minute rule
Justice a cash cow
Vigilante’s charter
Expect the I.P.P goal posts to be moved
Scrooge lives
Addicts should man up’
Cloud cuckoo land
Female paedophiles
Veterans Radio
Wish I’d stayed in prison
Post Tariff compensation
More socks but no books
Witchcraft’ laws that fill our prisons
G4S at Birmingham a sham
Is a ‘tongue lashing’ the new boots & baton treatment
HMP Durham squalid
Positive feedback
Hold firm in faith and love’
We need to hear from prisoners
Current page: Penpals
Rubbish printed by rubbish
A 22 hour tag
Banking before release
Where’s my data
Just G4S


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