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Resources for Prisoner Support

Writing letters to prisoners is an important form of solidarity. A few things to keep in mind:

  • Do not ask any questions or share any information about the facts of the prisoner’s case, or events surrounding their arrest.

  • Remember that prison officials read all mail, so don’t say anything you would not want to say directly to them.

  • Do not send photos without asking first (sometimes prisoners have a maximum number of photos they are allowed to have) – but you can write your letter on the back of a flyer or image printed onto regular paper (stay away from any coated or glossy paper, since that may cause your letter to be returned). Please use white paper and white envelopes only (no colored paper, cards, stickers, or glitter).

  • Do not make any promises that you may not be able to keep (including about writing again).

  • Be sure to include your full first and last name (not just initials) and return mailing address – in the letter itself as well as on the outside of the envelope (prisoners often do not receive the envelopes).

  • It’s a good idea to add page numbers to the bottom of your letter (so if a page is missing, they can tell).

  • Books and magazines must be sent directly from the publisher or bookseller, such as Amazon.

  • The BOP’s rules regarding sending mail, money and other materials are here.


NYC Anarchist Black Cross has more useful tips on writing letters to political prisoners here.

The Tilted Scales Collective publishes the Tilted Guide to Being a Defendant, which includes helpful information for anyone organizing a support committee or providing other support to a political prisoner. For a free zine or to order the book, visit their website here.

Image by Markus Spiske

Know Your Rights Resources

Through WPLC's partnership with IP3 stay tuned for more information on KYR resources to come.


WPLC/Red Planet Graphic Anthology

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