If you prefer to let Pete start the ball rolling, send me an email with your name and mailing address and I will forward it to Pete.
Pete has no access to email, so we are talking about corresponding via old fashioned snail mail using paper and pen, and envelopes and stamps.
You can write whatever you want: generic letters, comments about his blog, or if you have a blog and don't have time to write a letter, just print out and mail a copy of your blog. His is a lonely existence, and he would be happy to receive any and all mail.
Just keep in mind that he is a convicted felon and that he is currently incarcerated in a medium-security NY State prison. As a result, all of his mail is read by NY State Corrections Officers and inspected for contraband.
It may seem scary at first, but it's really not as bad as it sounds.
However, there are some taboo subjects such as anything gang-related, anything related to criminal activity, and anything about operating a business from prison, so steer clear of those topics.
Also, all correspondence must have a return address on the envelope in order to be accepted by the prison mail room.
There are confusing rules as to what he can and cannot receive.
Generally, any letters, either handwritten or typed, are acceptable, except that a prisoner may not receive direct correspondence from another prisoner.
Not that he is asking, but cash, checks, or postage stamps are not allowed, but money orders and books of all types are acceptable.
CDs are not allowed, but factory-sealed cassette tapes are OK.
Newspapers and magazines are not allowed. This restriction includes clippings from newspapers and magazines such as articles, crossword puzzles, or pictures. Newspapers and magazines can only be sent directly from the publisher. However, if you print an article from a newspaper or magazine publisher's web site, that is acceptable. Go figure.
Photographs are OK; they do not have to be professionally printed. You can send digital photos which have been printed on a home inkjet or laser printer.
I will let him answer any other specific questions regarding what he can and cannot receive.
¶ 11:27 AM
i cannot access the email link, for some reason unknown to me. if pete would like to correspond, so would i.
# posted by Suzie : Tuesday, September 06, 2005 1:14:00 AM
[Editor] Suzie, I have fixed the email link. Thanks for letting me know about it.
# posted by Prison Pete : Friday, September 16, 2005 4:25:00 PM
Just wanted to ask you why you went to prison?? for what crime?? Just curious. I am new to the blog thing (only 5 days in) but if you want to read my blog space, you are welcome to visit my site. It is just fantasies that I write. Have a nice day and God bless. Thanks for giving me an idea of what prison life is like. I've lived a very sheltered life.
# posted by HoaNguyen : Monday, December 03, 2007 4:01:00 PM
Hey pete. i've tried to contact you before. I too went to Farm Camp Lowy, '71-73. Contact me on the same blog as you, southernyank-matt.
# posted by matt : Tuesday, January 01, 2008 8:38:00 PM
I wanted to send my very best to Pete, as a guy that has been in prison myself. I did time in NC and got out in 2001, and have been blogging about prison life during and after incarceration. I know it isn't easy, but I truly hope that you hang in there.
You can get through this... I did.
# posted by masonik4 : Thursday, March 27, 2008 10:52:00 PM
I have a boyfriend that is in the ny prison system and if you need any informaton i would be glad to help. anyways the email link didn't work but if you need anything you can find me at my blog writing about my prison journy at HotCollegeMom.com or i guess just by responding to my comment here,thank you!
# posted by Admin : Saturday, June 06, 2009 3:04:00 PM
Hello Admin, Im new to blogger (been reading here for a few months but just found Pete's site a few hours ago after finally making an account at blogger myself) and was wondering if you know whether or not Pete has found plenty of people to write to since this ad was placed a few years back? Im also currently looking for blogs to follow and enjoy reading blogs in general, so Ill check out your HotcollegeMom dot com blog ASAP for sure. It sounds interesting and cool, and a lot like a name Id come up with! :) Do you write about one certain topic each time or do you focus on different things that you happen to find interesting to blog about? Sorry for rambling, Im new to all of this and just now figuring out how it works. Still have a lot more though still, to figure out as it is LOL ;) Ill adjust eventually. I assume you keep Pete's blog up, or did during the 2004-2010 list of blog months up on the right hand side?? That was very kind of you, I know it isnt easy to also maintain your own site as well. Wow! Anyway, let me know if you happen to come across this comment- if Pete found enough pen friends to write to AND if he will be there for awhile.....for all I know right now, I could be writing all this ramble and he may be out doing his own thing, putting life back together for himself. I wish him all the strength in the world, he has more than I think he realizes within himself when the times get rough. I wanted to send him a card when reading about his times like this and then realized I was reading posts from him that were older, such as 2009 and 2010- so Im not sure what hes doing now but hopefully better- and if in your opinion you think hed still love to get a card in the mail let me know! Take care and thanks in advance for reading my comment! I know you are prob busy! -Bee from Kentucky :)
# posted by Bee : Tuesday, July 26, 2011 2:01:00 PM