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.

Arlene Dugmore
Arlene Dugmore (X00016)
CIW – 16756 Chino Corona Rd.
Corona, CA 92880-9508

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
Thanks to community support, Christina has been commuted, paroled, and released!!! Fundraiser link to support Christina coming soon…

Brandy Scott
Brandy Scott (WE0141)
CIW – 16756 Chino Corona Rd.
Corona, CA 92880-9508

Gabriela Solano: UPDATE: Gabriela was granted clemency by Gov. Newsom, but upon her release from prison on April 2nd, she was arrested by ICE and taken to a detention center in Aurora, CO. The #FreeGabby team is organizing alongside Gabby to secure a pardon so that she can remain free here in the U.S. More details to come from the #FreeGabby defense campaign. Please follow the instructions below to send Gabby your support! 

If you would like to write Gabby, you can submit a note here: bit.ly/DearGabby

Or send her mail to this address:
Martha Solano-Urias #8921
GEO – Aurora Contract Detention Facility
3130 Oakland Street
Aurora, CO 80010

 

illinois

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

Tewkunzi Green 
Tewkunzi was granted clemency in November 2020, thank you to all who wrote to her and supported her freedom!

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 was granted clemency in September 2020, thank you to all who wrote to her and supported her freedom!

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

Alisha Walker
Alisha Walker #Y12381
P.O. Box 1000
Lincoln, IL 62656

south carolina

Jane Hughes
00375988
Leath Correctional
2809 Airport Rd.
Greenwood, SC 29649

wisconsin

Chrystul Kizer

Chrystul Kizer has been released on bond!! Please send your letters in care of Black and Pink: Milwaukee and they will deliver them to Chrystul at her new location.

Black and Pink: Milwaukee
PO Box 12244
Milwaukee, WI 53212

Georgia

Ky Peterson

Ky Peterson has been released! Thanks to all who wrote him and we wish Ky a very warm and happy homecoming.

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

Art by Micah Bazant

new york

To access addresses of survivors connected to the S&P New York Prison Visiting Team, please contact the team directly at survivepunishnyc@gmail.com.

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

Alternative: bit.ly/writeshantonio

 

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