When prisoners lose connection to their family and community they are more likely to commit crimes after they are released. D.C. residents who are convicted of a felony serve their sentence in a federal prison. Over 4,600 D.C. residents are incarcerated in 122 prisons around the United States. D.C. residents are incarcerated in prisons from California to Florida to upstate New York. There is much evidence to show that when prisoners lose connection to their family and community they are more likely to commit crimes after they are released. D.C. residents in prison often feel very isolated since they are often incarcerated so far from home.
To address their isolation, IAHR is kicking off a campaign to identify volunteers who will write to at least one D.C. resident in prison once a month for a year. Through this campaign, IAHR will be able to reach out to churches, synagogues, mosques, and other community or religious groups. If successful, the campaign will make it possible for IAHR to reach out to different federal prisons where D.C. residents are incarcerated.