Letter Writing Action Center

Photo: A letter writing gathering for Marissa Alexander, Fort Collins, CO, 2013

Letter Writing is Transformative

Isolation is central to the persistence of domestic violence, sexual violence, and incarceration.

Writing letters to criminalized survivors helps to dismantle this isolation, creating pathways for connection, collaboration, and coalition. Currently & formerly incarcerated survivors have stated again and again how important letters of support are to relationship building and their well-being.

Below, you’ll find the following:

Tips about principles and practices to write letters to survivors who are incarcerated.

A toolkit for organizing letter writing gatherings to reach more people.

Addresses for incarcerated survivors.

An opportunity to submit more addresses of incarcerated survivors to add to the list.

Principles for Writing to Survivors inside

Adapted from California Coalition for Women Prisoners, this guide shares important principles to consider when writing letters to incarcerated survivors. ​

best practices for writing letters

The Support Ho(s)e Collective list of best practices, how to’s, resources, and learned lessons for corresponding with comrades inside.

go big! organize letter-writing gatherings

Use this S&P toolkit to organize letter writing gatherings, get more people involved, and connect with more people inside!

Addresses for Incarcerated Survivors

Most of the addresses below have been provided by grassroots defense advocacy efforts. We have included links to more details when available. You can also download a complete list of all of the addresses below in one document.

California
California Dept of Corrections mailing procedures can be found here.

Liyah Birru
Aylaliya Birru
155472 / P
P.O Box 1031
Marysville, CA 95901

Alternative: bit.ly/DearLiyah

drawing of liyah with text '#freeliyah'

Arlene Dugmore
Arlene Dugmore (X00016)
P.O. Box 1508
Chowchilla, CA 93610

Stacey Dyer
Stacey Dyer (X05475)
P.O. Box 1508
Chowchilla, CA 93610

Wendy Fong
Wendy Fong (WE7728)
P.O. Box 1508
Chowchilla, CA 93610

Kanoa Harris (please use “Rae” on the address, but address him as Kanoa)
Rae S. Harris (W84168)
P.O. Box 1508
Chowchilla, CA 93610

Tomiekia Johnson
Tomiekia Johnson (WE4176)
P.O. Box 1508
Chowchilla, CA 93610

Christina Martinez
Christina Martinez (WE3166)
P.O. Box 1508
Chowchilla, CA 93610

Brandy Scott
Brandy Scott (WE0141)
P.O. Box 1508
Chowchilla, CA 93610

Gabriela Solano
Gabriela Solano (W82038)
P.O. Box 1508
Chowchilla, CA 93610

illinois
Sandra Brown
Sandra Brown
R35900
PO Box 3066
Decatur, IL 62524

Tewkunzi Green 
Tewkunzi Green R84568
P.O. Box 1000
Lincoln, IL 62656

Joy Ramos
Joy Ramos 20170916142
P.O. Box 089002 DIV5-2F-18-1
Chicago, Illinois 60608

Amanda Reed
Amanda Reed
20180220099
P.O. Box 089002
Chicago, Illinois 60608

Erika Ray
Erika Ray R85858
P.O. Box 1000
Lincoln, IL 62656

Vanessa Sanders
Vanessa Sanders 20151202251
P.O. Box 089002 DIV08-5H-D6-5
Chicago, IL 60608

Pearl Tuma
Pearl Tuma N07148
P.O. Box 1000
Lincoln, IL 62656

Crystal Valdez
Crystal Valdez Y30029
P.O. Box 1000
Lincoln, IL 62656

Alisha Walker
Alisha Walker #Y12381
Decatur Correctional Center
P.O. Box 3066
Decatur, IL 62524

tennessee
Shantonio Hunter
Shantonio Hunter (460409)
WTRC 9B-21
P.O. Box 1150
Henning, TN 38041

Alternative: bit.ly/writeshantonio

 

Georgia
Ky Peterson
Kenyota Peterson
#1000961001
Pulaski State Prison (E6-A)
P.O.Box 839
Hawkinsville, GA 31036

Art by Micah Bazant

new york
This document includes the full list of addresses of survivors connected to the S&P New York Prison Visiting Team.

Nicole Addiamando
Nicole Addiamando
Duchess County Jail
P.O. Box 1389
Poughkeepsie, NY 12602

wisconsin
Chrystul Kizer
Chrystul Kizer 675639
P.O. Box 3100
Fond Du Lac, WI, 54936

In this clip of the video, Criminalized Survivors Panel at No Perfect Victims Convening 2017, Cherelle Baldwin reflects on the importance of receiving supportive letters while she was incarcerated.

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Art by Natalie Bui