Awhile ago I volunteered to be a pen pal to someone in solitary, and contacted Stop Solitary’s Lifelines to Solitary. Solitary Watch’s amazing volunteer, Marlies Talay forwarded me the name of a prisoner currently in a New York State prison. “A” and I had a couple of exchanges, broken by long periods of silence, one due to my negligence. I felt awkward and stupid, not knowledgeable about sports or possibly anything that “A” might be interested in….
We wrote back and forth rather stiltedly a couple of times. After not hearing from him for a couple of months, I thought he might have given up on me. How wrong I was! In beautifully handwritten script he wrote me the following, which I received today:
Hello! I hope your holidays were safe and sound. Did you travel anywhere? I am at a medical unit and we were moved to another prison, why I don’t know? I saw two people killed and stopped another, my mental condition dropped and I lost it plus two gang members are now after me as they are now going to kill me, so I am now under the protection of the prison officials. The gangs think I am a rat, they think I told it, I will be under the protection of prison officials until I get out of prison.
Do you read the Bible? I do, along with other books, so I was glad to get your letter, as I like to write, do you?
As for computers, I don’t know how to use one, but one day soon I will learn to, here in this state, they (D.O.C.) don’t allow it. If you got a t.v. then you can watch certain shows as allowed, such as the history channels, AMC, sci-fi, etc. etc.? I don’t, or didn’t have one until I got to this prison, and since I am poor (indigent), they gave me one.
About your question, have I lived in ___. All my life? Yes, but I have went to school and worked in New Mexico, Kansas, Arkansas, and Texas for short times. I do want to travel when I get out plus finish school, have you done these things?
Do you like to cook? What is your favorite dish?
Tell me about NYC?