“Penfriendships can develop into stable personal relationships – a key factor in helping prisoners to lead useful and law-abiding lives.”

Lord Ramsbotham, former Chief Inspector of Prisons
“A good correspondent is a window onto a wider, hopeful world beyond the prison gate”

Sir Peter Lloyd, former prisons minister

“Total isolation is something most of us only experience through the imaginations of great artists. Prisoners Penfriends helps bring back into the community those whose isolation is real. It performs a real and valuable service.”

Sir Nicholas Hytner, Artistic Director of the National Theatre
“'Stir-crazy' is a real thing. A letter from the outside world – to someone who fears they are totally ostracised – can break into the darkness.

Fay Weldon, author