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Keep writing to your friend in prison

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Updated: March 1, 2013 6:27AM



Dr. Wallace: A good friend of mine (a female) is behind bars. She was convicted of a very serious crime. We are both 18. I have been writing to her, but I kept this a secret from my grandmother who is living with us.

One day my grandmother brought the mail in, and she noticed that I received a letter with a return address of a prison. My grandmother was very upset, and she said I should not be writing to a convict.

I have chosen to write to my friend because I want to keep her spirits up and to encourage her to see the error of her ways and help her to rehabilitate her life. Do you see anything wrong in doing this?

My parents see no reason I should stop writing to my friend. Your comments will be appreciated.

Nameless, Columbus, Ohio

Nameless: Continue corresponding with your friend. She needs your friendship now more than ever, and I applaud you for not abandoning her. It’s crucial for someone who has gotten into trouble with the law to maintain strong ties with the outside world. If your friend doesn’t believe she will regain her place in that world, her only alliances will be with other lawbreakers.

Write to Dr. Wallace
at rwallace@galesburg.net



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