Saturday, December 20, 2014

Reminder: Send A Card Or Letter To An Inmate

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"Remember those in prison as if you were also in bonds, and those who suffer as though you were suffering with them."  
Hebrews 13:3

This year I've suggested that my friends and family members send a Christmas card to someone behind bars rather than to us, and that we sincerely wish them God's blessings and will do the same.

When (not if!) you send your card to one or more of the following (or to some other inmates you know) you can include an article, a photocopy of an inspirational piece, your Christmas letter, etc.. The total should be one ounce or less, and no more than four items:

James E. Bender #1010837 (seeks parole after spending years in prison)
Greensville Correctional Center
901 Corrections Way
Jarratt, VA 23870-6914

Stephano Colosi #1037581 (active advocate for geriatric release for aging prisoners)
Buckingham Correctional Center
P. O. Box 430
Dillwyn, VA 23936-0430

M. Steven W. Goodman #1028377 (active in doing legal research on restoration of parole)
Green Rock Correctional Center
P. O. Box 1000
Chatham, VA 24531

A. Jefferson Grissette #1143033 (wrongfully sentenced based on plea bargain and photo line-up)
St. Brides Correctional Facility
P.O. Box 16482
Chesapeake, VA 23328

Nat Painter 1009725 (age 73, incarcerated 19 years, denied geriatric release in spite of good record)
Coffeewood Correctional Center
12352 Coffeewood Drive
Mitchells, VA 22792

Jens Soering #1161655 (German author, age 47, in prison since 1986 for a wrongful confession)
Buckingham Correctional Center
P.O. Box 430
Dillwyn, VA 23936-0430

Jonathan D. White #1161021 (has worked hard to earn parole, has been denied year after year)
Augusta Correctional Center
1821 Estaline Valley Road
Craigsville VA 24430

Charles E. Zellers, Sr. #1036758 (also denied parole year after year in spite of an excellent record)
Buckingham Correctional Center B1-113-T
P.O. Box 430
Dillwyn, VA 23936

If for whatever reason you prefer not to include your return address with your letter, you can have the person respond to me and I'll relay their message to you (assuming I have your contact information). In my 50-plus years of corresponding with individuals in prison I have never had any problems resulting from disclosing my address, but some people do recommend against it.
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