The following is a letter to insidetime, from issue January 2013
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
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.
Comments about this letter
8/1/2013 Shelly GCheck out the E Mail a Prisoner service, they have a Pen Pal facility.
16/1/2013 WayneI 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 - - www.btguk.orgBTG 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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