We are a group of concerned citizens writing every incarcerated person in Mississippi a message of support. We want people inside to know they are loved and not forgotten. We need lawmakers and elected officials to know the world is watching them and holding them accountable.
Thank you for joining us in our letter-writing campaign to support people harmed by the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Mississippi prisons! It is our intention to write every single person incarcerated in the state (all 30,000) a brief message to let them know that they are loved and we will never stop fighting for them. Your message can contain an inspirational quote, a message of love, or simply let them know you are thinking of them (see suggestions to the left). Our goal will only be accomplished by a lot of people making the small, but not at all insignificant gesture, of writing a brief card or letter. We recommend using plain white envelopes and listing Full Name, ID, and Full Address on every card. PLEASE USE THE RETURN ADDRESS LISTED BELOW.
Here is a suggested number for individuals, families, and organizations: Individuals: Write 5-10 people Families: Write 10-20 people Organizations: Write 50+ people USE THIS RETURN ADDRESS IN FULL OR IT WILL BE REJECTED BY MDOC: Name PO Box 10740 Jackson, MS 39289
Please note! Please do not ask any incarcerated person for information, nor disclose any. These are messages of support, encouragement, inspiration, and love. We do not want anything said in a letter to incriminate someone or be used against them.
IMPORTANT UPDATES - PLEASE READ: 1) Return address must be handwritten and include a full name. No labels are allowed. This can be your actual name or made up, but it must a probable personal name (ie. Charles Brown), not your organization (ie. Vera). 2) All MSP addresses must contain a unit number, https://www.ms.gov/mdoc/inmate/3) Postcards are being rejected at some prisons. To ensure delivery, use white envelopes.
Acceptable sample format above.
Please click "NAMES" link (below) to access a shared Google spreadsheet with the name, ID, and location of every person incarcerated in Mississippi. Start with the first letter of your last name and, using the suggested numbers above, highlight/bold a group of people that you commit to writing to. This will let others know that this group is already accounted for.
Sample messages: "Through thick and thin I have come to accept that YOU are the strongest. Know that you are loved and supported in this time when you may feel your weakest. Standing strong with you. Be encouraged."
"Although you are not on the sunny side, and the sunny side has not seemed to be on your side, know that you we are praying for you." "As you walk through this difficult time and crisis, know that you are no longer walking alone. People around the world are walking with you. I am one of them. Be encouraged."
Please follow directions so there will be no returned mail.
Mississippi Freedom Letters Campaign is an initiative of The Reaching and Education for Community Hope Foundation (RECH). For more information contact: Reaching and Educating for Community Hope (RECH) Foundation at (601) 720-8243, Email: email@example.com or Making and Unmasking Mass Incarceration (MUMI) Conference at firstname.lastname@example.org.