eshda3wa

April 7, 2007

Would you write a Prisoner?



This is so interesting or creepy, depends on how you look at it, but this site allows you to become pen pals with people in prison.


A friend of mine had a prisoner friend who converted to Islam, the letters were really cool.
I think you to try it.


The site says:
Many of these men and women prisoners behind bars never get letters and spend as many as 23 hours a day in their cell. Some await execution on death row. Others languish in solitary confinement. A pen-pal may be the only relationship they have. Companionship for incarcerated people is almost impossible, especially for death row inmates who are even isolated from other inmates


come on people put a smile on a dying mans face :)
even if he was a criminal, who knows you might make a difference.

The site also suggests romance, but come on, how desperate do you have to be to go for someone in prison!


www.writeaprisoner.com


Would you do it?


Who knows u mite end up writing someone that hot! YUM
posted by eshda3wa at 2:39 PM

74 Comments:

Man! that's so cool! i would totally write a prisoner!!!!

if she was a woman would i go for romance? hmmmmmm i'll keep the answer for your imagination..

That's so cool! but i'll be an anonymous pen pal i think.

April 7, 2007 at 3:07 AM  

LOL
i'm so wanna do this!! :D i remember i saw a movie about something like that.. this's cool.. but it'd be really cool if u've seen/met the prisoner or atleast u know about him/her..i mean, u don't write 'em just like that..
in high school i was the only girl who wanted to visit the womens' prison here in KSA as a school trip.. XD a visit to a prison is always better than a visit to a place where u see dead ppl get prepared before they get buried :/

P.S. happy belated birthday dr. eshda3wa ^^

April 7, 2007 at 3:58 AM  

like i dont have enuf run ins with gay online stalkers :P i think il pass

April 7, 2007 at 4:15 AM  

Never thought about it. I'm not the type of person who would sympathize with criminals. I believe they should stay in prison and think about what they have done. Then again it depends on the reason why they are in there in the first place. I think i'm more into helping Juvies since there's a bigger chance of getting to them than older individuals.

April 7, 2007 at 4:40 AM  

oooooh
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOH

i used to mail a couple of people, and one of them did convert to islam!!
:O
wow - it might have been the same man u were talking about!

one of them was freaky i stopped mailing him like 3 months later.
but the other one "larry" we mailed for a lil over a year.. but when i moved i became a bitch and stopped mailing :S plus he's getting out this year and i'm kinda pooping my pants!

yaaaaaah
good times

scary times..

what made u come up with this post?

April 7, 2007 at 7:47 AM  

Depends....

what is he/she in for....I would never be a pen-pal with a child pedophile....a rapist...a murderer....I honestly dont sympathize for such ppl....hell is where they re supposed to be!!

But if it was a theif...a person with crimes that dont involve children or killing...then of course I would..as u said they might be come Muslim thanks to me...and that would be a ticket to heaven EHHH =D

wallah ur so sweet to think about ppl in prisons....yes they are humans...sometimes we forget that....sometimes I forget that :/

There is always room for forgiveness....if allah almighty forgives us...then why cant we forgive each other!!!!!!!
We ask him for forgiveness and wont give it when needed!!!!!!

April 7, 2007 at 7:58 AM  

LOL
OK that's something I could do on my free time, expect I don't really have free time :D

April 7, 2007 at 8:11 AM  

Good post.

I would not really mind writing to a prisoner, only I will do it without revealing my identity. Also, it would depend on the reason why that person is in prison.

April 7, 2007 at 8:24 AM  

Hmm... Creepy but yeah, beining anonymous is a must... Any guy in Prison Break is OK!

April 7, 2007 at 9:29 AM  

After watching 'cape fear' no .. i will not !

April 7, 2007 at 9:38 AM  

I'd only write to a prisoner if he's a crackhead..I'd sure wanna know who's his drug dealer, quality of drugs and price...Its part of my market research :P

April 7, 2007 at 9:48 AM  

I see a difficulty in finding a subject matter about which to write! I mean I wouldnt want to let her/him in on my life. By the same token, can you imagine writing Hey Buddy How You Doin? I mean what's HE gonna answer to that? Im on death rown u dumb bitch how do you think im doin!

April 7, 2007 at 10:36 AM  

Creepy yet interesting! I might check it out. :P For curiosity's sake.

April 7, 2007 at 10:58 AM  

HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!;*

hmm madri if i want to do it..it depends on what they did. like ghasheema, peadophiles, murders, rapists 6ab3an mara7 aktibluhim bas itha they stole something then yeah i would consider it. bas no way would i give them my real name! waaay ba3dain yi6la3 min prison o yig3ad idawirni!

April 7, 2007 at 12:23 PM  

I'd probably do that if I were writing a book maybe. You know, for research :p

On any other occasion, I think I'd pass. I don't need any more dysfunction in my life at the moment :p

April 7, 2007 at 1:34 PM  

Of course I would do so but unfortunately the site is blocked by Etisalat!!!
Like the idea very much
We could make a different in somebody’s life

April 7, 2007 at 2:09 PM  

@Ghasheema

"I honestly dont sympathize for such ppl....hell is where they re supposed to be!!"

Give me a break no body was born to be a criminal!!!
We should put ourselves in their shoes before giving them labels or judging them and I’m pretty sure that behind every person there is a story that could happen to any one of us

April 7, 2007 at 2:12 PM  

Shako Creating New Beginings if s/he's already going to die @@

Bragh!

Never ! :P

April 7, 2007 at 2:34 PM  

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April 7, 2007 at 5:46 PM  

I'd do it if the prisoner was lincoln borrows or micheal scowfield ;p

April 7, 2007 at 5:49 PM  

oh my god!!
this is a fantastic idea!!
its a great opportunity to make a difference in someones life!!

<3

April 7, 2007 at 5:56 PM  

ًWho cares about such people !!

forget it :P

April 7, 2007 at 6:00 PM  

Arablady sweetie

calm down awal shay...and i dont know if u read the rest of my comment....I will repeat bas 3alashan kha7rich :D

Pedophiles, rapist..and murderers...NO MATTER what their story is...I dont sympathize with them....I might reconsider for the murderers...IF their story deserves so..like accidental killing and stuff...bas pedophiles...u r saying we should sympathize with pedophilesss

NO way

and thanks for reading my comment =D ( I feel speacial :P )

April 7, 2007 at 7:23 PM  

I will check it out... sounds interesting.

April 7, 2007 at 7:54 PM  

I just checked it out and the site is blocked by the proxy

April 7, 2007 at 7:54 PM  

I think I wud say no because I wudnt want to write to someone who has raped/molested kids or adults, killed anyone, assault....
ok u know what ... Nope - no way, I dont think so. They are people, yes, but ppl who have taken seriousely wrong turns in life, and they are in there for a reason. I dont know if I wud want to associate myself with criminals.
I am not trying to say that everyone in there has been put there justly,some cud be in there my mistake, or self defense, etc but if their own family and friends dont associate with them, it must be really bad, so Why Wud I??
Does that make me horrible person?

April 7, 2007 at 8:08 PM  

someone THAT hott??
I'M writing for sure sista!!

April 7, 2007 at 8:28 PM  

hmmm interesting topic!!
i dont think i'd do it.. madri too complicated for me :)
bs hmmm got me to think hmmm

April 7, 2007 at 10:32 PM  

sure as long as we dont share a cell :p

April 7, 2007 at 11:53 PM  

dyke
romance with someone in prison?? my imagination is hopeing its NO!
anonymous is a smart move i think

kgb agent
i always wanted to visit prison, i kept asking my dad whos a lawyer to take me with him, but he never did.
I dont know about meeting the prisoner though.. ide rather remain unknown, just incase u know

p.s
thank u very much!

do0da
loooool
r u sure? u could land a hottie

red blooded woman
i think it provides some sort of therapy for the prisioners, an outlet from the intense environment they are in, maybe thru letters they rrally get to think about the crime they commited

Niqa
u inspired this post baby! i was thinking about u n remembered the prision writing
it is the same guy
baby ur my inspiration!

ghasheema
hala oo ghala bel zain kela!
we dont do it simply because its HARD..
i write not because i sympathise with them, but because i am interested to see what kind of human mind would do this.. see what goes on in their head, try to make sense where no sense can be made... i think its just a result of reading too many psycology books :)

radiant guy
oh come on, 10 minits every couple of weeks wont kill u!

sene
wise choices, makes alot on sence
glad u liked it

chikapapi
if it were a guy from prison break then ide change it from write a prisoner to MARRY a prisoner!

happy wolf
i never watched it, so cant relate

hamza
thats rite, always work to ur advantage :)

anonymous
LOL
i see ur point
but u'de be surprised about how much a dyeing man has to say

shousha
u should, who knows u mite like it

dandoon
hey girl!
thank u sweety!'
to be on the safe side write someone thats never going out lol!
b3dain they r in the states, so i doubt ygdar yoo9alich
its cool wallah

kinan
lol
actually u get to see how dysfunctional they are
and be pretty thankful for wat ur in!

arablady
blocked?
why the hell would they block it!!

arablady
maybe ur alot more understanding and alot less judgemental than i am
but i think you always have a choice, and if you choose the wrong one then u face the consequences and not expect sympathy
sure there are exceptions, and ppl who ae genuenly good that made one mistake, but there are others who are just cold blooded animals with no reason behind their crimes

fayoora
i guess they mean an out let, u know light in total darkness

ms loala
amen to that1

eqa3
yes it is!
if u do it tell me how it goes!

kuw_son
oh come onn
have a lil sympathy!

ghasheema
thats because u r special!!
:***

kj
BLOCKED!! WHY WHY WHYY
wat is wrong with these people!!

nonowa
no that definitly does NOT make u a horrible person
its totally understandable why u would want to distance urself and no one can blame u for it

pheonix
wow baby sistaa!
matadreen ymkin y6la3lich wa7ed china tea bag!
faa be careful!
i wouldnt rush

reem
HmmMm
why would it be complicated

bu ziyad
lol inshallah u never will

April 8, 2007 at 12:46 AM  

YUMA !! aked Laaa2 !!!!

ambe ta5ayLaiy 3ad Kil el criminals bil prision marethen nafsiyan wla chan madashwo il prison, ana nag9a yenooN ;Pp

wLa ba3dain e3alig feni o etha malet o stopped writting him yen7ash min il sejin o look me up to kill me LOOL (film hindi)
BS 9IIJ !!! ;/

Laa Laa i won't do it..

eeee 3ad Tethakart thak iLyom sheft Movie mal "charles theron"
<< 7ada spelling 3'ala6 bs i guess i know what i mean ;Pp

iL mohim, the movie was DEAD SCARY !! ena she writes "Ben afflcik" in prison o they fall in love ;/

April 8, 2007 at 1:22 AM  

nah.. that'll be too weird for me..
+ i've got a wild imagination.. i could imagine a whole senario (sp) that s/he is using me to escape o ana abtilish ;p

April 8, 2007 at 1:45 AM  

if i want to have a new friend i don't want him to be in prison :x and i don't think there are any hot girls in prison all of them are fat and greasy, you got the picture? :P and i'm not that good talker so i guess i'll pass :P try it and tell us how it works with you :PP

April 8, 2007 at 4:09 AM  

oh...

ummm... i can barely keep track of my own circle of friends - let alone start writing people I don't know. Plus, what if he becomes infatuated? the last thing I need is a stalker whose had a violent past and criminal tendencies! looooool that would be scary..

I understand though that it's a human thing to do though, because at the end of the day these are people who have been isolated from the rest of society and some will eventually be released sooner or later.. so having a link to the outside world may help them cope with their sentences and make them feel that they would be less of outcasts and thus somewhat accepted later on...

but izibda - no I would never do it :D

April 8, 2007 at 4:44 AM  

if the prisoner looked like him??
HELL YEAH!! :P

no seriously.. i don't think so.. it'd be too weird. i mean what would we talk about? "hey so how was prison today?"
i'm definitely not gonna talk about myself.. so no :/

April 8, 2007 at 5:46 AM  

hahaha
yeah thats interesting ... but u really have to be fathi big time to write those people ...


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April 8, 2007 at 8:03 AM  

that is a great idea i would not mind to put a simle on someones face.

i was freaked at at the begining but it is worth trying. you,ve got a pure heart :D
as for my exams, they are trying to kill us. we study a lot and at the end we have to choose one of the two Qs. i'm loosing my mind. thank you for asking *hugs*

April 8, 2007 at 9:07 AM  

hey, i think i would- depending on the crime, of coyrse. letters are so wonderful- aren't they? what about you, do you??? write letters, i mean???

April 8, 2007 at 11:13 AM  

hmmmm this is something new :) i guess i will give it try ;)

April 8, 2007 at 12:02 PM  

emm.. I think I'll pass..

April 8, 2007 at 12:28 PM  

i AM a prisoner. I have the prison blueprints tattooed on my body to prove it:p
Yallah write to me;)

April 8, 2007 at 12:34 PM  

make it a DOUBLE yum! ;)

April 8, 2007 at 3:00 PM  

We really dont know how would it feel to be a prisoner... from my experience whenever I was locked in..It was a really peacful time for me specially after I killed all those creatures..

Anyway, when I got " el3afow elamery" and I was finaly out..I thought poor ants..I shouldn`t have stepped on them..yeah yeah write..write..

April 8, 2007 at 3:53 PM  

if the prisoner looks like Fernando Sucré, ma 3indi mani3 :p

bs it's a nice programme in general :D

April 8, 2007 at 3:58 PM  

ummm......
prisoners ! I don't think so!

oh and how r u? :p

April 8, 2007 at 5:25 PM  

I don't have time to so no i wouldnt :)

April 8, 2007 at 6:45 PM  

it is interesting, spooky, adventurous, educational, a non-directional ride.. and i am too romantic to risk doing it:)

April 8, 2007 at 9:14 PM  

Nope, I won't do it.... :D

April 8, 2007 at 11:23 PM  

u never know what might happen ;p

April 8, 2007 at 11:37 PM  

Watching too many shows and movies... So i guess the answer is yes :P

April 9, 2007 at 1:56 AM  

I hope u don't end up writing to someone like .. TEABAG! :)

April 9, 2007 at 7:39 AM  

Hehehe! yeah, better said ;)

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April 9, 2007 at 11:32 AM  

Ive seen some shows about this..and it has to end up with some kind of mishap in the movies, someone falls in love, he kills her,whatever:P the good thing is u gain a new friend, and a bad guy is kinda cool;p

April 9, 2007 at 11:38 AM  

i think i would...
their human beings who've done horrible mistakes in their lives, doesnt mean they dont deserve someone to talk to ...
but i'd rather be anonymous!! wouldnt want them coming after my ass when their out !

April 9, 2007 at 12:09 PM  

Eshda3wa i'm not sorry to inform you that you're imagination is wrong.

Now why wouldn't you want to have a lil fling with someone who might just have had a lil wrong turning in life? who knows, that prisoner might just be what i need. She'll probably be guilty enough i believe to never repeat what she entered prison for again. and she'll probably be great lover. Who knows i might end up marrying her! :D

(i'm either very serious or extremely out of my mind and i can't decided which one feels more real than the other O_o)

take care of yourself and the prisoner your mailing! ;)

April 9, 2007 at 2:20 PM  

GLAM
lol u n ur over active imagination!
yn7ash min el prision marah wa7da!
ohma f3lan martha nafseyan, thats why i like writing them, its interesting!

peony
lol i swear ppl r watching way too many prision break these days!

outlaw
haw eshdarak! ymkin fe model that strangled her make up artist with a shoe lace or something, oo tetla3 min na9eebik!

cix
atleast u understand the reason behind it :)
it fels great for me atleast

mishmisha
the prisoner usually comes up with topics, its cool when they strt talking about their crimes oo regrett n remorse.. its cool

ali
not all of us have an amazing podcast to run! :)
come on even u can spare 10 minits!

gloomy
yay glad u like the idea, if u ever give it a go plz tell me

as for ur exams... swety i hope it all goes well o all ur hard work pays off *hug

clezvra
letters r amazing and so personal
yes i do n its been wonderful

new bride
yay! finally! someones gna try!
tell me how it goes

enigma
whyYyy??

ren_crow
ren will u marry me ;P

April 9, 2007 at 3:49 PM  

no3ik
double yum it is :)

kela met2akher
loooool
aham shay
zain dam u know wat it feels like ! yallah u write to a prisoner too

swair
yeah i know wat u mean
yala give it a go :)

the solar alchemist
hey! its good to see u again!
where have u been?! hope all is well

illusion
like a said b4, u cant spare 10 minits?

vyyva
makes sense.. never thought of it as risky, but defenetly see where ur comming from

nael
and why not?

reem
exactly! adventure!

zizo
go zizo! 3afarem 3alaik ya gada3

G.Q
yeeeeeeh! u knw i worry about that ! i hope i dont either!

chikapapi
;)

orchidz
i think ppl get too caught up in the movies, its not like that at all, for me atleast, and the idea of a bad boy is cool ;)

ella
u go girl!
yes and its interesting and satisfying to know ur doing some good, i dont worry about the whole comming after me part cz my prisoner aint ever comming out!

Dyke
ok ur officialy on my NUTZ list!
girl are u crazy! laish khale9aw the people that are NOT criminals??
what if she dosent feel guilty? wat if shes the female equivilant of teabag??

ur def. out of ur mind!

take care girl!

April 9, 2007 at 4:04 PM  

I'd do it...bes the site is blocked:(

April 9, 2007 at 4:33 PM  

i would... but i think it would depend on what the crime was. there are some sickos in there who truly need time to process what they've done.

here's a suggestion - how about blogs for prisoners? they can write and you can choose if you want to respond via comments.

oops... sorry, got to go... they just called "lights out and lock down". see ya! - m. scofield

April 10, 2007 at 6:31 PM  

candy
my god!! why WHYYYY!!

premester
heyyy its good to see u again!

that would be nice
but inmates dont have internet!
no connection to the outside world

take care of urself scofield ;)

April 10, 2007 at 6:46 PM  

A GREAT post eshda3wa, BRAVO.. and yes i would love to write a prisoner.


Hope he isnt a freak and come to get me :P

April 11, 2007 at 12:07 AM  

hmm I guess I wouldn't mind if it was 100% anonymous but if it isn't then I wouldn't want to take that risk.

April 11, 2007 at 7:48 AM  

loura
so glad ur open to the idea
its fun
and inshallah no one is out to get u!

Chiqa bonita
i can understand where your comming from, but since i dont live in the usa, i didnt have to worry

April 11, 2007 at 1:09 PM  

I don't know, I trust people easily and I'm afraid I'd regret it too late.

April 11, 2007 at 1:42 PM  

elijah
ya but the guy is already in prison, so dont u think u would already have ur gaurd up?
and even if u do start trusting, their behind bars what r u gna trust em with except wat ur writing on paper?

April 11, 2007 at 2:08 PM  

will do! thks!!

btw, friends call me fish or snowflake.

April 11, 2007 at 5:28 PM  

fish
lol yeah
ill keep that in mind snowflake ;)

April 11, 2007 at 8:22 PM  

What if he comes out? What if he asks me to visit him? I know I would cave in and go, then what? I'd start planning an escape for him haha

April 12, 2007 at 12:59 AM  

Elijah
then make sure you write someone on death row!
girl come on, would it really wipe out all sense of sensibility or are we watching too much prision break?

April 12, 2007 at 1:06 AM  

when i think about prisoner.98% did the crime so i alway think about the victims and loveone who have to live with the last and the pain.

April 10, 2008 at 4:46 AM  

My feeling is this. Most people who have committed a crime are paying for thier mistake. Many times they have lost touch with thier family members or loved ones ( I think the number is 90 percent lose touch with their family or loved ones while in prison). So their support system is damaged. It has been shown that those who have penpals and contact with society have a lower rearrest rate than those who do not. So think of it this way, just by writing a convict, you could help reduce crime. And by reducing crime you are also reducing prison costs, keeping a person working who then contributes thier taxes to prrograms you use every day. So is the effort to write a letter a month worth it to society? You decide..

August 20, 2008 at 6:27 AM  

most ppl are really interested in y ppl write 2 prisoners, & den dey ask u wut da f*** ru thinkin! & my response 2 dat is... I have a father whos encarserated 4 forgery, theft & has 6 more cases pendng against him. right now hes doin 2yrs. & right when he gets out, their goin 2 ship him back 2 another city & lock him up again. from wut im bein told, hes goin to be gone 4 10yrs... 10 f***** yrs. hes very lonely & yes I know its his fault dat hes in dere & I have no sympathy 4 him, but dat dosent mean 4 me 2 4get bout my father, every1 deserves a chance 2 be cared & thought bout, no matter da crime & how little or horrible it is... no1 desevres 2 be locked away like carbage & 4gotten. dont ever let any1 tell u ur crazy or stupid 4 writing sum1 whos encarserated, dont let no1 do u but u. cos @ da end of da day, sum1 is proud of u 4 takin da tyme 2 write sum1 who has nuthin else 2 do but wait around & wait 4 dere tyme 3 cum till dere released & even @ dat, ppl are in dere 4 LIFE!!! think bout it ppl, it dosent mean ur a bad person 4 writin an inmate.. I think its wonderful & who know maybe you'll gain a best friend or many!! I have!!! =]]

August 24, 2008 at 5:59 AM  

most ppl are really interested in y ppl write 2 prisoners, & den dey ask u wut da f*** ru thinkin! & my response 2 dat is... I have a father whos encarserated 4 forgery, theft & has 6 more cases pendng against him. right now hes doin 2yrs. & right when he gets out, their goin 2 ship him back 2 another city & lock him up again. from wut im bein told, hes goin to be gone 4 10yrs... 10 f***** yrs. hes very lonely & yes I know its his fault dat hes in dere & I have no sympathy 4 him, but dat dosent mean 4 me 2 4get bout my father, every1 deserves a chance 2 be cared & thought bout, no matter da crime & how little or horrible it is... no1 desevres 2 be locked away like carbage & 4gotten. dont ever let any1 tell u ur crazy or stupid 4 writing sum1 whos encarserated, dont let no1 do u but u. cos @ da end of da day, sum1 is proud of u 4 takin da tyme 2 write sum1 who has nuthin else 2 do but wait around & wait 4 dere tyme 2 cum till dere released & even @ dat, ppl are in dere 4 LIFE!!! think bout it ppl, it dosent mean ur a bad person 4 writin an inmate.. I think its wonderful & who knows maybe you'll gain a best friend or many!! I have!!! =]]

August 24, 2008 at 6:02 AM  

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