Prisoner Writers

One of the first fellowship-wide outreach efforts supported and coordinated through the International Service Organization (ISO) office was the prisoner letter-writing program. This is not intended to be a “pen pal” program, but a way to encourage prisoners to work the steps.

For more than twenty years, the program has offered the opportunity for SAA members in the free world to share their experience, strength, and hope with prisoners and to sponsor them in working the steps by correspondence while they are still incarcerated.

The ISO is seeking volunteers to correspond with prisoners and to sponsor them by correspondence. If you are interested in serving in this way, please complete and submit this form.

Upon receipt of your completed application, the ISO office will match you with an inmate. More information may be found on the service website at Contact the ISO office for the username and password.

I have a minimum of one year in the fellowshipI have a minimum of six months continuous sobrietyI have worked the Twelve Steps with a sponsorI am willing to share my experience, strength, and hope with a prisoner desiring to stop addictive behaviorI am willing to sponsor a prisoner by correspondence

*Note: Exceptions may be made for applicants who have the endorsement of their sponsors.

The ISO will only use this information to contact you and to forward prisoner mail to you. Your information is considered to be strictly confidential and will not be shared with an inmate or anyone else.

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By clicking “Submit” you acknowledge that you meet all four requirements listed above.

*Please note: If you click “Can correspond to inmate via email” you will need to sign up for an online program to write to inmates. This will result in the loss of some anonymity.

** Some prisons will not accept mail from someone using only a first name and last initial. To avoid using their last name and to protect their anonymity, many letter writers have chosen to use an alias. (Example: John Jones, who would be known in the program as John J, might use the alias John Jay)