The Prisoner Correspondence Network (PCN) can be a lifeline to people on the inside. Prison can be an extremely isolating and scary time for many people.
Many people lose contact with their friends and whānau. PCN provides people on the inside with a connection to their community. For some people, their pen pal friendships can be a rare bright spot in an otherwise dark time in their lives.
Regular letter writing, as well as making and maintaining relationships with people on the outside, can also make it easier to readjust and reintegrate when they leave prison.
PCN can be rewarding to everyone involved. Pen pals on both the inside and outside have established wonderful friendships that have continued after release from prison. It also benefits our communities as a whole when people on the inside are provided with dignity, compassion, and respect.