How Safe Is It to Be Pen Pals With an Inmate?


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The inmate's access to your home address provides him or her with knowledge of where you live. Being careless in the exchange of personal information can also put you at risk. Another common issue with inmate penpals is being scammed or defrauded.

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When considering whether or not to correspond with inmates, it is important to remember that they are incarcerated for committing crimes. While many inmates are imprisoned for non-violent crimes or undergo reform while in prison, there is no guarantee that the inmate with whom you correspond is one of these individuals. While most prisons scan inmate mail prior to delivering it and corresponding with an inmate can be rewarding for both parties, it is best done through a medium that protects personal information from inmates.

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