I’ve noticed that a lot of y’all are really into the hit Netflix show Orange is the New Black. Now, I’m not going to bore you with any prison abolitionist rant here. I just have a request.
You know how Miss Claudette doesn’t get letters? How Tricia says that her friends used to write her a lot in the beginning but tapered off? How Piper mentions that the only mail she got that week was a card from her grandma? Well these are all fairly accurate things for real prisoners.
If you love this show and your heart hurts for them, that’s fine. Just please consider taking the time to get a prisoner penpal.
There are hundreds of lists of prisoners who need penpals. One of the best resources in the world is black and pink’s database of queer and trans prisoners. That’s at:
I could go on and on about how important this is, but if you’ve watched OITNB, you should already know. Please consider sharing just a few minute of your life every month with someone who could really use it.
it’s probably not a good idea to get teenagers wrapped up with adults who are in prison…
Oh, is it not a good idea? It’s not like plenty of teenagers themselves are in prison (see Jane Doe, the 16 year old trans girl in an adult prison Connecticut facing NO charges for ZERO crimes), or like lot of teens have parents, siblings, friends, etc in prison already.
Man, I’m 27 years old. Most of my followers are my friends or friends-of-friends, all in my age range. It’s not just teenagers on tumblr and it’s not just teenagers reblogging this post.
But you’re correct, 13 year olds should probably not be writing to adults in any context ever. But parents and their kids can figure that out. It’s not easy to hide that your new penpal is writing from Ohio State Prison or whatever. Parents and kids could write letters together, though, especially, again, to political prisoners like Leonard Peltier or other activists who’ve been falsely inprisoned by this messed up system. That’s totally up to families to determine for themselves.