Building Wings Blog

Community Email List

Our Community Email List creates a space where you can communicate directly with other people who also have or have had loved ones in prison, so you can talk to others who understand what you’re going through.

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Reduce Phone Cost

To reduce the cost of phone calls with your loved ones, you can use a service that gives you a local number to the prison. Your loved one then calls that local number, and it routes the call to your phone. You have to pay for the service, but it makes the overall expense of phone calls cheaper if your loved one calls you frequently.

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What to do when and how

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Book Club

Each month, a fiction and nonfiction book suggestion will be posted with links to order on Amazon or through other book sellers. You can order a book for yourself, as well as order a copy to be mailed directly to a loved one in prison (note that some prisons do not allow hardcover books). The books can create topics of discussion for our community email list and with your loved one. Many people find that reading the same book as a loved one in prison is a meaningful way to do something together and that it gives them a shared experience to talk about.

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Merissa’s Story

Kevin had been inside for nearly six months when I flew out to Illinois for our first visit. I had been heavily briefed – two forms of proper identification, a bag of coins for the vending machine, a long list of prohibited items of clothing, acceptable forms of behavior and contact.

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Candy’s Story

I have a child in prison. He is a young adult, very young, 20 years old. I have only hugged him a handful of times for approximately 3 years. He is behind glass most of the time and for the last year he is 3 hours away so I’ve only seen him one time there. It’s awful, all the way around.

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