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Old 09-04-2017, 07:32 AM
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As a wife of an inmate, I get support from hearing your stories. I would like to publish a book of them so if any of you would like to pm me your stories, I would appreciate it. Everything will be anonymous but your State or country would be good. No details will be passed to any other party. Thank you.
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As a wife of an inmate, I get support from hearing your stories. I would like to publish a book of them so if any of you would like to pm me your stories, I would appreciate it. Everything will be anonymous but your State or country would be good. No details will be passed to any other party. Thank you.
You're talking about publication - this is the very definition of passing on information to third parties, aka the public, which includes prosecutors, judges, and parole boards.

Remember, these boards and other forms of social media are "cruised" by prosecutors, judges, and parole boards. Stuff said here is not confidential. Stuff said through messaging may also be subject to discovery. People talk with somebody interested in publishing their stories and the stories of their loved ones with hazard.

And you might want to check with the site's copyright policy before going much further.
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i am not asking for details of crimes or the people concerned, just stories of what it's been like loving an inmate. The site is ok with this as it has been asked by others many times over the years. Thank you for taking the time to reply !!
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i am not asking for details of crimes or the people concerned, just stories of what it's been like loving an inmate. The site is ok with this as it has been asked by others many times over the years. Thank you for taking the time to reply !!
Questions that pop into my mind:

1. Who is your audience? I hate to sound pessimistic, but most people who don't have a dog in this fight don't really care. So unless a collection of stories highlights a particular need for change or some social issue that the reader can do something about, we are your best audience and our stories are already here.

2. Are you planning to profit from the publication?
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i am not asking for details of crimes or the people concerned, just stories of what it's been like loving an inmate. The site is ok with this as it has been asked by others many times over the years. Thank you for taking the time to reply !!
Really?? It sucks that's most our stories its heart breaking and expensive and everyday it seems like a life time!
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Details of crimes? No, not that. You are asking about things that get into whether s/he takes responsibility for the crime, and to some extent have to explain a bit about the crime. Further, you may be getting into criminal acts committed while in prison, both by prisoners and staff. You could not tell the story of an inmate in a prisoner strike without indirectly identifying that inmate, for example.

And yeah, can you please identify your audience? The audience for this is limited. You would presumably be making a profit on the stories of others without giving back (and knowing what a hit to a family's income level having one earner in prison is).

Sorry, I'm skeptical. You want to help others? Fine. I say to the members here, do it without the direct help of others, while adhering to the copyright rules of the site. Or, encourage others to write their own story so they can have control over what's said and how it's said - their story not funneled through somebody else's pen.

Or, you could start a list of books written by prisoners or their families so that others are helped that way.

Anytime somebody wants to make a buck off the back of an inmate's story or his/her family's story, I see it as a problem. Especially if they don't have the legal background to identify potential legal problems to begin with.

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TBH, if I was going to tell my story I'd write my own book. That way I can control what is published and how my story is portrayed. Also we don't really know who you are. To us you are only Phoenix45, wife of inmate. You could be anyone...Attorney, DA, ex- girlfriend. Your intentions may be innocent..the ramifications may not be.
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OP has closed their account, guess they really were not interested in helping others!
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No, she decided posting the same request on a pen pal site where there is no moderation might work better.
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No, she decided posting the same request on a pen pal site where there is no moderation might work better.
Now that is my definition of a POS. All she's interested in is exploiting others for her own profit.
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Since the OP has closed her account and gone wherever OP's of closed accounts go....I believe its time to close this thread as well
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