Against the Stream Insight on the Inside Project
Once you have a pen pal, we ask that you NOT SHARE the name or other personal information regarding your pen pal or his/her family with anyone other than Against The Stream staff or teachers.
Insight on the Inside is meant to benefit you and your pen pal. To ensure this, please maintain strong, practical boundaries. Consult with your mentor if you have any doubts about what may or may not be appropriate. Some general considerations are:
RECEIVING MAIL FROM YOUR PEN PAL
We ask that your have pen pal send correspondence to you via Against The Stream. We will have “mailboxes” set up at both the Santa Monica & Melrose locations. Indicate in parentheses after your name where you would like to pick up your mail (see below). Please also use this as a return address.
Your Name (SM or Melrose)
4300 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles CA 90029
SUGGESTIONS FOR MAIL
It’s a good idea to review with the inmate mail policy of the institution where your pen pal is located. Until you get familiar with the mail regulations, sending a simple letter on plain white paper may be your best bet. The following are links to some helpful information about sending mail to prisoners in CA.
Sending books: Most prisons have strict regulations about sending reading materials to inmates. They often require that books be sent directly from the publisher, or other reputable bookseller (eg, Amazon). PLEASE INQUIRE ABOUT BOOK GUIDELINES FOR THE PRISON WHERE YOUR PEN PAL IS LOCATED. You are not expected to provide reading material to your pen pal. However, if you choose to do so, you may consider collecting dana from your fellow sangha members to cover the expenses.