Do you believe inmates should be allowed to communicate via mail?

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Do you believe inmates should be allowed to communicate via mail?

K101 K101
This may be a hard one for a lot of us, but when I began this... most strange journey I've been on due to a school project thing, I came across a really big question. Even I have a hard time saying for sure what the "right" answer should be.

I mean some of these inmates whom I've came across are in jail for gruesome crimes and horrifying murders. Then there are those that are in for mail fraud. What really made this so tough was when I came across one inmate on death row. He talked about his time in prison and then about how terribly lonely he was. He said "I haven't had a single visitor in over 9 years and nobody has sent me mail. I'm lonely bad and I need love." It really made me so sad! Sure this guy done something unimaginable, but the sympathetic person in me is there even in this case!

I asked several people throughout my day today how they felt. Most said no, that they do not think murderers should be allowed mail call. After hearing the stories of these men (especially those on death row) I have a hard time saying they shouldn't be allowed mail. I'm a big weenie though! Ha Ha. However, I do think mail from the outside world is something inmates need and I don't see much wrong with allowing them that.

I don't know a whole lot about prison, but I remember my cousin's husband who became family to us had spent time in prison on and off and we all would write to him. At another time in my life I sent mail regularly to another close family friend who was in boot camp for a couple of years as a teenager.

Honestly, I don't think it's my decision to make and it is a hard question to answer. I know exactly how it feels to have lost a family member to a murderer and I know how it feels to want that person to pay for what they did, but I also think communication with people is something everyone needs. Maybe under certain circumstances such as good behavior?

I guess I really can't say 100% what I think should or should not be allowed.

While a lot of prisons do allow mail to inmates, some do not allow it to those on death row. So, do you believe that ALL inmates should be allowed "mail call"
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
No. I do not think murderers should be allowed mail call.
2
Maybe under certain circumstances (such as good behavior) they could be allowed mail call.
1
I am totally unsure.
3
Yes, No matter the crime, all inmates should be allowed mail.
14
Yes, but only inmates who did not commit murder.
1
other.
2
I don't care if they are allowed mail or not. It does not affect me.
4
Total votes: 27 (23 voters)
Poll is closed
03/09/2012
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Destri Destri
Oh, I feel so strongly that all inmates should be allowed mail, I can't even express it properly! First of all, my future daughter-in-law is in prison right now. My son met her after she had some charges against her (drugs and a stolen car) and these were problems she had in the past. It took like 2 years for these to finally come to court.

We all just adore her, to me she is like the daughter I never had. Writing to her, and getting letters back from her means the world to me, because I can't go visit her. She needs that family support and to know that when she gets out in 3 years, not only my son but all of us will be right there for her.

Granted, this is not a murderer. But everyone, in my opinion, deserves interaction with the outside world. It is bad enough just being in prison and not having any basic rights anymore... that should be punishment enough. They are still human beings, after all.
03/09/2012
Michele Michele
Yes, I do feel that inmates should be allowed to communicate through mail.
03/09/2012
Silverdrop Silverdrop
As long as the mail is screened so it isn't going to their victims or something, of course it should be allowed.
03/09/2012
Curiouscat Curiouscat
I think they should be allowed to use mail- but I think everything should be monitored for safety.
03/09/2012
Michele Michele
I wanted to add to my answer. I'm not too sure they should be allowed to communicate through E-mail, though. Only snail mail.
03/09/2012
Zombirella Zombirella
Even though I'm finishing up my degree in this field, I just don't know to be honest.
03/09/2012
Rossie Rossie
All prisoners should be allowed to receive mail cleared by the screening process.
03/09/2012
Petite Valentine Petite Valentine
They should be allowed mail as long as it's monitored.
03/09/2012
ECU Pirate ECU Pirate
monitored mail makes sense
03/09/2012
El-Jaro El-Jaro
I'm 99% sure the mail is screened. I think inmates receiving mail is essential to helping them rehabilitate after their term is over.
03/09/2012
js250 js250
Quote:
Originally posted by El-Jaro
I'm 99% sure the mail is screened. I think inmates receiving mail is essential to helping them rehabilitate after their term is over.
I agree. It could also cut down on violence in prison if it is tied to good behavior.
03/09/2012
Secret Pleasure Secret Pleasure
Quote:
Originally posted by El-Jaro
I'm 99% sure the mail is screened. I think inmates receiving mail is essential to helping them rehabilitate after their term is over.
I agree with this 100 percent and believe its important that they continue to get mail.
03/09/2012
Iron Man Iron Man
I guess they should get mail. It ups the risk of secret code being sent back/forth, though.
03/09/2012
Total posts: 14
Unique posters: 13