A Small Kindness

Nelson Mandela wrote this about letters he received in prison: “Small kindnesses penned onto paper and tucked into envelopes had the power to cut through massive iron doors and grim stone walls bringing the splendor and warmth of springtime.” That is the vision of Prison Writes pen pal project, Project Solidarity, which brings together volunteers and prisoners through letters and calls. The goal is to provide “the warmth of springtime” to the prisoner. and enlightenment on criminal justice to the volunteer. Pictured left to right, Robin, Javon and his mother Cheryl That worked in my experience. I corresponded with a Javon Boatwright for the past year and in the course of our letters and ca

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