Pen Pals Needed

TX prisoners in need of pen pals:

We recommend you research any inmate and their charges to make sure you are comfortable before deciding to write them, and that you always be clear about what you are comfortable doing and your expectations of the relationship. While we do not intend to become a pen pal service, we do encourage pen pal relationships. This page lists inmates who are actively seeking pen pals, friends, and sometimes love. Reaching out to an incarcerated person can be a positive, life changing experience for both people involved. Please contact us if you plan to become a pen  pal to one of these prisoners or for any other information you may want or need to know. Also see, Things to Know Before you Write. 

To verify someone’s current unit, enter name or # here:

TDCJ unit addresses and phone numbers:

Want to send a letter by “email”? offers this service and offers sending letters and an option to receive letters electronically scanned in. These services may cost more than regular mail. Make sure you give a return address in the letter!

Death Row:

Pete Russell (tech saavy friend needed)

Tony Medina (Artist looking for someone from Texas)

Terence Andrus

Ronald Hamilton (Looking for a friend from Texas)

LGBTQ & Allies:

Note: Please note the sensitive nature of sexuality and gender identity inside of US Prisons. Being outed could result in threats and attacks from other prisoners, and repression from prison officials.  It is best to let the person you write direct you on what is safe for them to discuss. That being said, our prisons are violently homophobic and transphobic and that is why LGBTQ prisoners especially could use outside support, which is often lacking from family members. Here are a few Texas Prisoners you may choose to connect with (use links above to verify unit and unit address). Envelopes must be addressed with legal names, but letters should use preferred names.

. Laura Coelis Mendoza (#02246787) is a brown, bisexual, anarchist feminist, and mother from San Antonio.

. Miguel Angel Flores (#0208465) is a straight LGBTQ ally and artist from Houston. 

. Jose “Paula” Hernandez (#02185302) Paula is a brown, trans, former sex worker.

. Guillermo “Memo” Martinez (#0203633)Memo  is a young queer person who faces retaliation for his sexuality.

. Albert “Isla” Fred Moreno (#01323455) Isla is a mestiza native trans woman undergoing HRT.

. David Hartvikson (#0172646) is a bisexual freedom fighter from Arizona.

. Jason Renard Walker( #0153209) is an ally, and a black leftist journalist and freedom fighter.

Birthday List

Here is the DECEMBER BIRTHDAY LIST for Texas Death Row. Please consider sending a greeting to one of these folks who live in permanent solitary confinement and sometimes receive only a handful of mail every year.

– Anibal Canales #999366 – 12/01/64
– James Calvert #999600 – 12/03/70
– Charles Mamou #999333 – 12/06/74
– Kwame Rockwell #999570 – 12/07/75
– Tilon Carter #999517 – 12/07/79
– Garland Harper #999560 – 12/11/69
– Blaine Milam #999558 – 12/12/89
– Cortne Robinson #999562 – 12/15/90
– Jorge Villanueva #999207 – 12/18/54
– Daryl Wheatfall #999020 – 12/20/65*
– Ray Freeney #999458 – 12/21/73
– Rodney Reed #999271 – 12/22/67
– Jose Rivera #999102 – 12/23/62
– Damon Matthews #999476 – 12/24/84
– Brian Suniga #999596 – 12/27/79
– Ali Irsan #999611 – 12/27/57
– Tedderick Batiste #999568 – 12/30/87

*Daryl Wheatfall is at Harris county (no cards, letters or photocopied cards are allowed)

Daryl Wheatfall #00456482
HARRIS County Jail JA09/2J1/01LS
1200 Baker Street
Houston TX 77002

Address for all the others:

Polunsky Unit

3872 FM 350 South

Livingston TX 77351



Other pen pal sites: (LGBTQ)

Political Prisoners: NYC Anarchist Black Cross Listing