Pen-Pal Program

Our pen-pal program offers an opportunity for folks on the outside to get matched with incarcerated comrades and learn about how the letter-writing operates as an abolitionist act of solidarity that builds networks of care in our community. All materials are provided and everyone is welcome!

We meet regularly on the last Thursday of every month at Eleanor’s, Norfolk’s local intersectional feminist book shop, from 7PM – 8PM.

If you can’t make it to our in-person sessions, you can always contact us via email to get matched with someone on the inside!


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Letter-Writing Guidelines
These guidelines provide more understanding of the letter-writing process as well as an explanation of its significance as an act that cultivates networks of care!

HBB Info Sheet
This info sheet can be sent to a pen-pal if they request more information about Humanities Behind Bars. We made it easy for you: All you have to do is download the file, print it out, and mail it to your comrade!

Sample Envelope
This photo is example of what a correctly filled out envelope looks like before being put in the mail.

Sample Letter
This PDF of a typed letter written by an HBB member is an example of what an introduction letter can look like before being put in the mail.