Prison Pen Pal

Jacob "Wil" McCreary # 01666063

Jacob “Wil” McCreary # 01666063

Hi Wil,

My name is Hayden Bernstein and I live in Dallas, TX. My personal project is to write a letter each day and today’s letter is for you!

I came across the Prison Pen Pal system while reading about a project called Concepting with Convicts. Basically these three advertising creatives worked with inmates to co-created ad campaigns. They wanted to prove to the inmates that their positive skills can be applied to life after prison and in the process showed how great ideas can come from literally anywhere. Pretty cool stuff.

So today I write to you as just another dude. One who believes in the power of a human connection, beyond situation and circumstance. You and I are both 25 years old and though we find ourselves in very different situations, we can share a honest conversation and learn something from each other.

Where did you grow up? Did you play any sports? I played basketball all through high school and still hoop in some city leagues. I’d describe my game as similar to Pau Gasol: standard white guy moves who rebounds well. On your profile you mention you like country music. I’m just starting to come around on country music. I’ve found myself listening to some old time honky-tonk George Jones kind of stuff lately. As corny as some of the songs are, the guy could sing. I’ve always thought it would be cool for a current artist to do a prison tour like when Johnny Cash played Folsom. Anyone you’d like to see in particular?

Hope to hear back Wil. Take care.

PS:  I’ve always wondered: how much internet access do inmates get? Twitter would really help pass some time… 


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