Prisoners do not have access to the internet. All correspondence will be via the United States Postal Service, commonly known as snail mail. (note: some inmates now may have access to email/secure messaging services). This portion of our site is designed to quickly and easily connect you with inmates whose backgrounds and interests may inspire you to pick up a pen and become pen pals with them.
To start your search for an inmate pen pal, simply click on an age group located on the left side of either the male or female sections. This will open up a page of small photos, listing their name and what state they are from. Click on this photo and their personal ad will open. It is completely free to write the inmates. When you find a prisoner you would like to correspond with, simply write directly to them using the mailing address listed under the photo in their ad. Address your envelope exactly as shown. Keep in mind that all the information you see is provided by the prisoners themselves. We do not guarantee the accuracy of this information. You can look up basic information on most of these male and female inmates by going to our inmate locator and clicking on the state in which they are listed.
Writing an inmate for the first time can be intimidating at first, we recommend that your first letter be kept short, include a brief description of yourself, your interests and hobbies, and maybe a photo of yourself. This can be a great way to start a conversation.
While you correspond with the male or female inmates, you will learn a lot about each other. You can meet that special prison pen pal who may have the same interests as you do. Just have patience and correspond with several inmates, so that you can learn more about each one of them, and then you will be able to select your favorite pen pal.
We ask that you treat these inmates with dignity and respect. They have their own interests, hopes, and dreams. Most of them want to turn their lives around and be more successful when they return to regular life. Let's give them a reason to hope for a better future.
Men and women who are incarcerated can benefit enormously from becoming pen pals with people on the outside. Many inmates have become out of sight, out of mind to their family and friends, offering friendship can be a great way to keep their spirits up and let them know they are not alone. Receiving letters also helps to eliminate the monotony that goes along with being incarcerated and helps time pass more quickly.
Inmates who establish and maintain positive relationships with people outside of prison are less likely to return to prison in the future, also improving the inmates chances of successfully reintegrating into society when released. Becoming prison pen pals is an excellent way to do that. It's amazing how a small amount of communication with the outside world can improve a prisoner's outlook on life. Your letters are sure to remind them that they truly deserve a second chance.
Male and female prisoners aren't the only ones who benefit from participating with Meet-an-Inmate.com. As a pen pal, you can offer encouragement and motivation for an inmate to make positive changes in his or her life. This can be very rewarding. What greater gift could you give someone than hope?
Sometimes in this busy world, it is nice to find someone who truly cares what you have to say. You may start looking forward to receiving the letters just as much as the inmate does. Finally, locating and communicating with a prison pen pal can benefit society as well. Your efforts could very well be the difference between someone going out and changing their life, or ending up back in prison.
All institutions have different guidelines as to what an inmate may receive or send through the mail. Never send anything laminated (polaroid photos, etc.), stickers, or money - until you know the rules of a particular institution. For more information, including possible scams, see our F.A.Q. page.
The inmates listed are convicted felons and caution should be used. Be understanding without being gullible. We recommend and promote using this site to find penpals for friendships, and not romantic relationships.
Why list an inmate with Street Culture Magazine?
We are very customer oriented and our success lies with our word of mouth advertising between inmates who have had success using our service. Many inmates get ripped off by using inferior services. Even though we are the best, we can not guarantee 100% success, but you can trust that we will do our very best to produce results.
To list an inmate or send them an application click here.
We at Street Culture Magazine accepts no responsibility for the accuracy of any content found within these pages. The appropriate safeguards should be used in communicating with any person(s) that you may meet through this service. By using this service, you agree to not hold us responsible for any costs, liabilities, attorney's fee, or damages that you may incur. The ads placed on this portion of our site are written by the inmates and we are only the means by which their ads are published. To use this service, you must be at least 18 years of age.