The Transition Network


Prison Pen Pals

In 2021, the Boston Chapter initiated a pen pal program with women in the Massachusetts Framingham Prison. It began with a small pilot. Since then pairings between TTN members and incarcerated women have been very successful and grown steadily.

Did You Know?
  • US represents 5% of world's population but houses 25% of the world's prisoners. (2014)
  • 5% of world's female population lives in the US, but US has nearly 30% of world's incarcerated women.
  • Women, many of them mothers, represent the fastest growing segment of the prison population.
  • Massachusetts prisons have the 4th highest suicide rate in the nation.
  • Prisoners suffer from incredible isolation and loneliness
How Does it Work? 
  • Once a volunteer is assigned to a pen pal, she follows instructions for getting set up on the separate corrlinks email system
What do TTN pen pals say?
  • Although we have only been communicating for a few weeks, I have found it interesting, meaningful, and educational.   I am still trying to get a sense of what life is like ‘behind the wall’.
  •  I continue to be amazed at how naive I am and how much I don’t know about prison life.

What do the incarcerated women say?
  • The pen pal program is an answer to prayer for me!
  •  Her e-mails have helped me keep my spirits up during these challenging times.
  •  I look forward to hearing more and more from her.
  •  She has offered to put money into my account, but I have declined her offer for now because the cost of e-mails isn't a problem for me.
  •  She reached out to me right away and has been a delight ever since!
  •  I just want to thank you for your thoughtfulness and compassion. God bless you!

Material from, 01:06:18 October 21, 2021.
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