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: https://offender.tdcj.texas.gov/OffenderSearch/index.jsp
TDCJ unit addresses and phone numbers: https://www.tdcj.texas.gov/unit_directory/unit_information.html
Want to send a letter by “email”? Jpay.com offers this service and Jmail.cc 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!
Pete Russell (tech saavy friend needed)
Tony Medina (Artist looking for someone from Texas)
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.
Here is the JUNE 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.
– Raymond Riles #000541 – 06/01/50*
– Ker’sean Ramey #999519 – 06/04/85
– Micah Brown #999580 – 06/07/79
– Dexter Johnson #999527 – 06/07/88**
– Ruben Gutierrez #999308 – 06/10/77***
– Roderick Harris #999573 – 06/12/84
– Geronimo Gutierrez #999416 – 06/12/77
– Syed Rabbani #000910 – 06/12/65
– Charles Thompson #999306 – 06/13/70
– Ivan Cantu #999399 – 06/14/73
– Allen Guy #999473 – 06/15/63
– Justen Hall #999497 – 06/16/81
– Robert Woodard #999388 – 06/17/80
– David Wood #999051 – 06/20/57
– Perry Austin #999410 – 06/23/59
– Joseph Jean #999566 – 06/25/72
– John Ramirez #999544 – 06/29/84
– Robert Will #999402 – 06/29/78
*Raymond Riles is on Texas death row since February 1976!
**Dexter Johnson is scheduled to be executed on August 15
***Ruben Gutierrez is scheduled to be executed on July 31
All of these men are housed at:
3872 FM 350 South
Livingston TX 77351
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