So, my next mission is to get myself a prison penpal.
I know, I know what you’re thinking. I’m nuts. But the idea behind this is to find out about the U.S. prison system, how that person came to be in prison, what their life was like beforehand, and how they plan to rehabilitate and what they’ll do when they get out.
Additionally, I am also interested in meeting, or at least talking, to someone on death row. There are still death row inmates in Maryland – Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, an outspoken death penalty opponent, has yet to commute the sentences of the state’s five death row inmates (despite his role in pushing a repeal of capital punishment that takes effect next month.)
So, I’m first of making contact via Meet an Inmate. I have a choice of male or female penpals, although I think many of them are looking for a love interest, which, obviously, I’m not.
I chanced upon Sonny. At first, I thought ‘WTF!’, which is interesting, since his first comment on his profile is this:
‘Hey, I know you’re thinking to yourself what the f*#k!’
Yes, Sonny, I did think that, sorry. He adds ‘I am a lot to take in! But I’m worth getting to know. I’m not going to blow smoke up your a*s by telling you a bunch of BS just to get you to write me. The truth is, this place really sucks and I’m tired of being alone.
I’m looking for someone who is looking for me. As you can see, there is just too much to me to put in a short intro. What you really need to know about me is that I’m open-minded and kind. Oh, and I like tattoos, lol! I look forward to hearing from you soon.’
Anyway, I haven’t made up my mind who to write to yet – so many choices! And I am nagging a prison in Maryland to see if they’ll let me visit. It’s a whole new world in there…..