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Old 07-09-2018, 07:58 PM
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Though the possibility of potentially helping a complete stranger pass the time, and/or lending moral support is intriguing, I am not quite sure that writing to an inmate is for me.


Does everyone use their real first and last name when writing to an inmate? Why or why not?



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Hi.


Though the possibility of potentially helping a complete stranger pass the time, and/or lending moral support is intriguing, I am not quite sure that writing to an inmate is for me.


Does everyone use their real first and last name when writing to an inmate? Why or why not?



Thank you for your time.
Hello, I may not have the best answer because I've never been a penpal or MWI but in my opinion I think if u use a random name and let them know this isn't ur real name but ur using it as a precaution (in nice words) lol I assume they would be ok with it at the beginning. Good luck
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I’ve always used my real name and a po box, although the P.O. box is probably a waste of time because my name is not at all common. I guess I’m just not that scared.
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My first reaction is if you're that uneasy, don't write. I'm assuming you expect them to be transparent and honest with you, it's only fair to do the same. I've used my real name when writing inmates for six years. Never had an issue. They've committed crimes, they might commit them again in the future. But then again, you could meet someone locally who's done far worse and they're already in your neighborhood.

And on the practical side: if the facility finds out it's a false name, that's a real PITA for the inmate that they didn't ask for.
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My brother uses his real name, and set up a PO box.
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I always use my real name. And I live in a rural area so I use my home P.O. Box address. Since I can't rent a mail box at the post office.
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I use my real name and since I live in Canada, I feel comfortable using my regular home address.
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