Letter from the Birmingham Jail Quotes by Martin Luther King Jr.
An Encouraging Letter to my Love in Jail
But you know, every day we have the opportunity to make a thousand tiny decisions, and together, those decisions form our future. I hope this jail time gives you the opportunity to reflect on past mistakes and make some changes and set some standards for your decision-making process in the future. Every time you make a bad decision, you create a future that might include drug addiction, disease, heartbreak, fatherless children and prison. And these decisions include everything: the way you speak to your parents, the friends you keep, where you live, who you allow into your living space, what you do to pay the rent and whether or not you smoke that dope. It includes what clothes you wear, how you carry yourself, whether or not you look someone in the eye when you talk with them and how firm your handshake is. It includes whether or not you finish your education, or go into the military or get a good job, and all the steps between here and there. Millions of tiny decisions, every moment, every day.
It can be a difficult time if someone you know has been sent to jail. You may have mixed feelings of anger, sadness and a desire to support the person you know. One way to offer support is by writing a letter of encouragement to your friend or family member, letting them know that you are thinking about them and sending them your best wishes. There are a few things to know before you write a letter of encouragement to a person in jail. Check with the jail or prison before sending any correspondence.
When a friend or family member is in jail, it can be a very difficult and emotional time for both the inmate and those friends and loved ones outside the bars. Because there is a lack of direct contact—and often times phone communication—letters can serve as a link between the prisoner and what is going on at home or in the outside world. For some people it can be difficult finding ways to get a letter started to an inmate who is incarcerated. Gather all the information needed to send a letter to the inmate at that particular jail. Call the jail's main office, which is sometimes referred to as a booking office.