In an effort to connect prisoners with the outside world, PrisonEducation.com and PrisonLawBlog.com publish a free electronic newsletter exclusively for prisoners. This electronic newsletter is provided through the website Corrlinks.com, a website which contracts with the Federal Bureau of Prisons and several state prison systems to provide monitored email services for prisoners. Three times a week -- Monday, Wednesday, and Friday -- prisoner subscribers receive email updates containing articles published at PrisonLawBlog.com and PrisonEducation.com. These articles are carefully curated to be of interest to an incarcerated audience.
In this day and age of increasing postage costs, it has become cost prohibitive to print and mail a paper-based publication to prisoners. Part of this is due to prisoners being starved for information about their unique situation. As such, when a decent, free publication comes around, it is swamped with subscribers. We are no strangers to this experience and the disheartening feeling of not being able to sustain a free publication which has several thousand monthly subscribers.
Luckily, many prison systems now offer monitored email services through Corrlinks.com. For example, the Federal Bureau of Prisons offers an email services to their inmate population through Corrlinks.com and the internal Trust Fund Limited Inmate Computer System (TRULINCS) terminals. Through these services, PrisonEducation.com and PrisonLawBlog.com are able to send out news updates for free. While we don't email every published article -- this would be cost prohibitive for prisoners and time prohibitive for our staff -- we do syndicate a number of our published articles via this news service.
In order for prisoners to subscribe, all they have to do is add firstname.lastname@example.org to their email contact list. They should use the following address as the mailing address:
3900 Pelandale Avenue
Modesto, CA 95356
Once the prisoner has added PrisonLawBlog.com as a contact, a system-generated email is sent to our email account. This email contains a special activation code. Once a member of our staff inserts the activation code into the Corrlinks.com system, the prisoner will be added to our email list. They will then receive our free, electronic newsletter three times a week for as long as they are incarcerated.
As previously stated, it would be cost and time prohibitive to email every article that is published at PrisonLawBlog.com and PrisonEducation.com to our incarcerated subscribers. This is due to several Corrlinks.com system limitations. Regardless of this, prisoners are often starved for information about their life circumstances, legislation, and news that pertains to them. As such, we are able to email close to a dozen articles a week to our incarcerated subscribers. These help provide a connection and lifeline to our nation's incarcerated class. And the responses have been overwhelmingly positive.