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Letters for Women is a penpal ministry dedicated to sharing the love of God and His son Jesus with women in prison. Confined to a cell or dormatory, the prisoner can become a new creation in Christ if they open their heart and ask the Lord to come in. Many suffer extreme depression. All that I have had contact with want to have more friends. I have witnessed great improvement in prisoners who recieve regular letters from friends in Christ.

Women in prison look forward to recieving mail. Many have children they never or seldom see or talk to; they look forward to visits, but they are often rare. Prison life is hard. Inmates must buy their own hygiene products, they are given very little. Some are able to earn a little income, anywhere from .17 cents to .47 cents an hour. They must buy deoderant, stamps and envelopes and paper and they try and get some food and coffee with this income. Nutrition is poor in prison. Unless prisoners have outside friends and family, it is extremely hard for them to even afford stamps. (Your pen-pal may request that you send stamps, in some states you can others will not let you include them). In Texas inmates all have jobs, but no income they can earn.

Some of the women in prison on this web site have sent me their stories. Please read! To go to page with story click on the woman's photo on the right with the caption 'read her story'!

Women of Letters for Women

Women of Letters for Women
Tina Iozzo, Catherine Hamilton (bottom) Amanda Bolton, Laura Berry, Dionna Beachem

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Writing the Prisoner

     I used to suffer from great depression. Women in prison become very depressed, just how much I see now that I have written to some for a while.  I write to as many as I can. They all want to have more friends. Getting mail and writing letters is all many of them inside prison have to look forward to.
    So many of them really  are close to listening and hearing the truth, coming to accept the Lord and seek Him! Most prisoners do not have a Bible.  The only books they can have in prison are paper back, not hard cover. They have church at the prison but most prisoners do not attend.
    It is important for your pen pal to begin to know you as a friend. They can smell phony so be real! Tell the truth about yourself, tell them about what your favorite show is, what your hobbies are, send them a picture of your self and your dog or cat-they will put it up by their bed, your letters become very important to them.
    It is good to help them in ways you feel led to help.
   Don't be afraid to say no. They may ask you to do any number of things. They may ask for you to buy them something or to send money, or stamps and paper. They very much need these things when they get no support or help and are unable to work for pay, know what you can do and what you can't do. If you are not able to get a gift for them, that is OK. If they are interested in really being friends they will keep writing. Some will send you legal stuff. Let it be known right away if you can help with legal or not, what your purpose is in writing!
Pray and be led by the Lord! I say, pray and be led by the Lord, or you could do more harm than good.
    Be kind, be encouraging, tell them to be of good courage! Often they may feel too down to even write, so try and send them some light and uplifting words! God is so awesome! I love to send them a word about the latest miracle I have experienced!
   I can't tell you how much it has added to my life in obeying Jesus words in Matthew (Chapter 25) to not forget those in prison!

Thursday, March 24, 2011


Nicolette is one half Italian and one half Armenian. Twenty-three years old, she likes to read, loves animals and family, sports, music and books-watches Nascar and football as well as National Geographic and scarey movies.

Birthday: November 24th.

Write to Nicolette at:
Nicolette DiFillipo #893892
Washington Corrections Center for Women
9601 Bujacich Road NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98332-8300

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Deborah Rice

Deborah Rice #778000
Lowell Correctional Institution
Main Unit Gulf 1103s
11120 Gainsville Road
Ocala, FL 34482

Debarah would love to get more mail! Bio come soon!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Jesse Macneil
Pulaski State Prison
PO Box 839
Hawkinsville, GA 31036  
Jesse is a graduate of the 'faith dorm' and sings in the choir.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Thursday, July 22, 2010

This is Suzie. Suzie is 53 and a mother of three. Suzie is a beautiful Christian woman who helps the women inside Chowchilla. Please write to her at:
Suzie Marie Mellen #W74723
PO Box 92
Chowchilla, CA 93610

Monday, June 7, 2010

Colette Draeger is fighting to prove her innocence. Please write to her at:

Colette Draeger #869808
Hobby unit
742 FM712
Marlin, TX 7661

Read Colette's story at

Thursday, May 27, 2010

C. Amanda Bolton #1164764

C. Amanda Bolton #1164764

Mountain Veiw Unit
2305 Ransom Rd.
Gatesville, TX 76528

Amanda writes:

Lived life on the edge in Houston Texas until God took my freedom in a split second to finish molding me into the woman He wills me to be. Although the process isn't finished, He rebuilds me one day at a time.

I enjoy reading watching Forensic science shows, exercising, doing legal work and listening to music.

I find serenity in the Word, amist the chaos I dwell in. I was born on Oct. 9, 1078 and should've died at least three times but, God spard me.

I hope to find new fiends and family in my New Life in Christ! Praise God for saving me!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Shelbi Harris

Shelbi has become very active, she recieved the only Humanitarian Award ever given at the Valley State Prison for Women in Chowchilla, Cailifornia for the programs she has helped start for women. Shelbi is doing time as LWOP. She appreciates new friends, you can write to her at:

Shelbi Harris W84168
VSPW 513-11-2L
PO Box 1508
Chowchilla CA 93610

To read more about Shelbi click on the link below!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Kimberly Carter

Meet Kimberly Carter #815679.

Kimberly is busy inside. Behind the walls she is collecting stories about other women in hopes of producing a book one day. She is an activist, writing to politicians in an effort to get help for her case and for other women.

Write to Kimberly at:

Kimberly Carter #815679
Washington Correctional Center for Women
9601 Bujacich Road NW
Gig Harbor, Washington 98332

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Dionna Beachem

Meet Dionna Beachem! Dionna is doing long time and enjoys getting letters from serious pen-pals. She has a great sense of humor and has become educated in many areas recieving college certificates.

Write to her at:

Dionna Beachem #K01316, Dwight Correctional Center, 23813 E. 3200 North Road, Dwight IL, 60420

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Teresa Padron

Teresa Padron began a life sentence in 2007 she is twenty-five years old, her birthday is September 22. She is an athlete and dancer. Recently Teresa was moved to a new prison and is now many hours away from all friends and family.

Write to her at:
Teresa Padron #163526, Lowell Reception Center, 3700 NW 111th Place, Ocala FL 34482

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Jennifer Lemacks

Jennifer ws sentenced under the 'Hands of One, Hands of All' law. She was at the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong people. She did not commit murder but has been sentenced as if she did.
Write to her at:
Jennifer Lemacks #291143,
Leath Correctional Inst.,
2809 Airport Road,
Greenwood SC, 29649

Laura Berry

Laura is looking forward to starting a new life one day soon, she hopes to hear from some good friends.
Write to her at: Laura Berry #702853, McPherson Correctional Facility, 302 Corrections Dr., Newport, Arkansas 72112

Tina Iozzo

Tina wants to get letters from many new friends. She is hoping to start a new life upon release from prison and hopes to hear from friends in Christ who can encourage her in the right direction!
Write to her at:
Tina Iozzo

#847332 Crain Unit
14001 State School Road
Gatesville, Texas 76599