A.R.E.’s Prison Outreach Program
Typical Day at Prison Outreach Program
The Prison Outreach department receives 15 to 75 letters each day from prisoners across the U.S. Mondays usually see the highest amount of mail and the middle of the week is usually the lightest. One of our six volunteers will open the mail, read a letter, and pull an appropriate book title based on the contents of the letter or the prisoner’s requests. Our volunteers usually process 40 letters each day.
Another volunteer matches the letter and book that the volunteers just pulled to the prisoner’s record in our database. They check to make sure that the prisoner hasn’t already received that book and to see if there are any special mailing needs, such as requiring an enclosure and confirmation that the book is free. Then, they update the record with this new activity and a list of what is being sent. After 40 to 60 database entries have been processed, the packages are assembled and mailed.