Pen Pal Project 
P.O. Box 9867 
Marina del Rey, CA 90295

December 2001, we began a campaign to find pen pals for women serving long terms at the California Institution for Women in Corona, California. In 2003, we expanded our project to two more prisons located in central California (Chowchilla) and since then we have added women in two prisons in Texas. As of May 2011, a total of 512 incarcerated women have found a pen pal though this program.  Our “outside” pen pals range in age from 21 to their mid 80’s. They live all over the U.S. with 4 from England, 4 from Canada, 1 from Wales; 1 from Sweden;  1 from Croatia, 1 from Amsterdam,  2 in Australia and 2 from Dubai (United Arab Emirates).   We hope you will consider joining them! There are currently 80 women in prison on our list who are waiting for a pen pal, plus many other “inside” women who we would like to invite to join this program. Please contact us so YOU can choose YOUR pen pal from our list.  (Note: We only accept women as outside pen pals.  If you wish, you may use our PO Box for YOUR return address, but that does slow down receipt of letters from your inside pen pal. )


“Writing to a woman in prison is a very meaningful act.  I believe that both she and I are blessed by our communication, gradually creating a bond which is very precious to both of us.  In the midst of her limited life and in the middle of my often frenetic one, our exchange of letters is a small island of caring exploration.  Little by little we offer each other pieces of ourselves and our daily lives like tiny windows on another world.” 

“Being a pen pal with a woman in prison has been life changing for both of us. I have begun to research the American prison system. Through my pen pal, I am learning that one person can make a difference.”

“We continue to have a lovely relationship. It is almost like Christmas to find her letters in my mail box.  She just sent me the paperwork to fill out so that I may go and visit her in person.”

“This is a phenomenal pursuit of basic love of one’s neighbor.”

“Enriching, provocative, spiritually enlightening, a multitude of positives for us both (I hope!)”

“God truly guided me in finding my pen pal. She was not my first choice, but wow! We have commonality already. God will bless our pen pal relationship.”

“My pen pal’s simply written letters never cease to inspire me.  She has given new meaning to the words: courage, tenacity, and remarkably, faith.”

“I am truly enjoying the experience with my pen pal….my heart goes out to the poor inmates, whatever they are in for,  a horrible place to be.  It’s amazing that there are such positive things taking place in an environment with so much negativity.  A tribute to the power of the human mind and spirit.”



Pen Pal Project

P.O. Box 9867

Marina del Rey, CA 90295.

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