Today I offered to become a pen pal to a prisoner. I did this once when I was a teenager and it didn't go well. He wanted sex and money. I'm older and wiser now, and hope to avert such requests.
I also contribute monthly to a nonprofit that supports the salvation of dogs and prisoners, by the inmates training the dogs to be service animals. Prison Pet Partnership Program, it's called.
Criminal justice in the US is a mess and I don't give it a lot of energy but am well aware of how messed up it is. I hope pen palling will help one prisoner.
The starfish metaphor remains with me.
Peace and justice, y'all
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