I know that the perception of inmates by the general public is not a favorable one. When I began cooresponding with prison inmates, I was skeptical and leery. But I was also determined to treat these men and women with respect and dignity, and to be open and honest with them. I have been given that same treatment in return.

I have been in personal correspondence with the following inmates. Most of those listed below have no one to write to, receive no visitors, have no family or any other outside contact. They are simply in need of someone to talk to who is willing to listen without condemnation. Their sentences and crimes are theirs to reveal if they so choose. I have found much wisdom and knowledge from them. I have not experienced any sort of harrassment from any of them. Most have never asked for any type of financial assistance, and those that have have always understood when I was unable to offer them any.

Despite my wonderful experiences, I still urge caution. I use a PO Box for correspondence and do not give out my home address or phone number to my penpals. They are not always the only one to see my letters and, while I have come to trust them, I am very much aware that there are others who will take advantage of any opportunity they can get. In fact, each of the inmates I now correspond with warned me of the dangers of writing to inmates.

Should you choose to correspond with any of the inmates listed below, please tell then that you got their name from me. (To save you a trip back to my main page, it's Shelly.) If nothing else, perhaps you could just drop them a card during the holiday seasons, no return address is necessary. Thanks for your time. Those names in yellow have provided information on themselves that they have asked me to include. Click on the name to view that.

This page was originally made in 1998. I have no idea if all of these prisoners are still incarcerated.

[Note: Since starting this, I have received several requests to include names of other prisoners with whom I have no personal correspondence. These names have an * after them.]

Terry Williams
1040 E. Roy Furman Hwy.
Waynesburg, PA 15370-8090
Norman Dale Johnson 0211984
5150 Western Ave.
Morganton, NC 28655
Tom Sherrell
X-36175-U-32-B Bldg.
Parchman, MS 38738
Richard Hughes *
Parchman, MS 38738
Randy Brown R134337
PO Box 45699
Lucasville, OH 45699-0001
Gene Bishop 33058
700 Conley Lake Rd.
Deer Lodge, MT 59722
Shannon Clark #113372
ASP Winslow
2100 S. Hwy. 87
Winslow, AZ 86047
Roena Lee Ashing
B47334 C-14
PO Box 5001
Dwight, IL 60420-5001
Billy Taylor #87226
LA State Prison
Ash #2
Angola, LA 70712
Wesley Wisneski
#110855-783 4-B-214
ASP Winslow
2100 S. Hwy. 87
Winslow, AZ 86047-9790
David Cramer AO #33567
700 Conley Lake Rd.
Deer Lodge, MT 59722
Frankie Hall#236-243
PO Box 45699
Lucasville, OH 45699-0001
Daniel Pratt
6299 Finde Naifeh Jr. Dr.
Mason, TN 38049
Bobby Owens #649436
Bradshaw Unit G-2-8
P.O. Box 9000
Henderson, TX 75653-9000
Mary Ann Round OC4282
451 Fullerton Ave.
Cambridge Springs, PA 16403-1238
Anderson Ausburn #123825
Holmes County Work Camp
Box 218
P.O. Box 220
Bonifay, FL 32435
Orlando Swan #229-111 *
P.O. Box 45699
Lucasville, OH 45699-0001
Brenda Smith 5316-516
Pine Bluff
Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women
P.O. Box 337
Pewee Valley, KY 40056
Reginald Gage #7018074
500 Commerce St.
Dallas, TX 75202
Don Laitsch *
Parchman, MS 38738
Scott Anderson *
5150 Western Ave.
Morganton, NC 28655

The following individuals/groups are working for prison reform and the abolition of the death penalty. If you're interested in either of these issues, please contact them by email or via the following links.

Prison Pen Pals
Prison Activist Resource Center
Church Communities (formerly Bruderhof)
National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty or email them at info@ncadp.org

Your support and help are greatly appreciated!

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