Political Prisoner Letter Writing

UPDATED: April 6th, 2013


Use pencil or non-gel pen in blue or black ink.

No staples or glitter.

No torn-out pages of newspapers or magazines. You can print or photocopy articles and write your letter on the other side, however.

You can include photographs, but some prisoners have a limit to the number they can receive.

Include your return address inside the letter as well as on the envelope, as prisoners may receive your letter without the envelope. Number each page of your letter so the prisoner knows if they received all of it.

If writing to someone pre-trial, don’t discuss their case.

Prisoners aren’t looking for adoration. They are comrades in the same movements you are in.

Assume that law enforcement will see your letter.


An anarchist sentenced to 10 years and 8 months for the arson of the Santa Cruz, CA city prosecutor’s office. When apprehended, he allegedly told police that he was a homeless anarchist protesting the city’s ban on camping.

Miguel Balderos F81930
CSP Solano
PO Box 4000 14G5UP
Vacaville CA 95696


Pled guilty to arson for his involvement in the May 2010 firebombing of a Royal Bank of Canada branch in Ottawa, as well as smashing ATMs and windows at another RBC branch in February of 2010. On December 7, 2010 Roger was sentenced to 3 years and 6 months in prison

Joseph Roger Clement (FPS – 420268X)
Pittsburgh Institution
Highway 15, No. 3766
P.O. Box 4510
Kingston, ON
K7L 5E5


Political activist from Chicago charged in a criminal complaint with crimes relating to the December 2011 hack of Strategic Forecasting, Inc. (Stratfor). One of six individuals from the United States, England and Ireland indicted, due to a cooperating witness, Hector Xavier Monsegur, known online as Sabu. Local profiles of Hammond by the Chicago press describe him as “connected to anarchist groups planning G8 and NATO protests,” “a lanky 27-year-old poster boy for anti-capitalist ‘hacktivists,’” and “a rock star to anarchists and cyberterrorists worldwide.” Supporters describe him as “one of the few true electronic Robin Hoods” in reference to a phrase by Hammond from a 2007 profile.

Jeremy Hammond 18729-424
Metropolitan Correctional Center
150 Park Row
New York, New York, 10007



Anarchist and co-organizer of 2010 anti-G20 protest in Toronto, accused of being a “ringleader” and sentenced on June 26, 2012 to over a year in prison for making statements the state construed as “counselling others to commit mischief to property and obstruct police.”

Alexander Hundert
Unit 6
Central North Correctional Centre
1501 Fuller Ave
Penetanguishene, ON
L9M 2H4



Has been in jail since December 2011 after being arrested at the December 12th National Port Solidarity Action in Houston. His case and six related ones were dismissed as having no probable cause for the charges. However, several days later a Grand Jury re-indicted the seven and issued new warrants. Eric was re-arrested and taken back to jail; he has not been able to make bail.

Eric Marquez #12066004
Kays Tower
Post Office Box 660334
Dallas, Texas 75266-0344


An Earth First! organizer and a volunteer for a free herbal healthcare collective, she was charged with involvement in a December 1999 arson at a Michigan State University genetics laboratory at Agriculture Hall and a January, 2000 arson of logging equipment in Mesick, Michigan. Both arsons were claimed by the Earth Liberation Front. She was sentenced on February 5, 2009 to almost 22 years in prison.

Marie Jeanette Mason #04672-061
FMC Carswell
Federal Medical Center
P.O. Box 27137
Fort Worth, TX 76127



Arrested on January 13, 2006 and charged with conspiracy to destroy property by means of fire or explosives. His arrest was the direct result of a government informant code-named Anna Davies who was paid over $75,000 to spy on and entrap Eric. The two others (Laura Wiener and Zachary Jensen) arrested with Eric both cooperated with the state, testifying against Eric. He spent almost two years in total separation (isolation) until after his trial. He has engaged in numerous hunger strikes to demand vegan food. He was sentenced on September 27, 2007 to 20 years in prison for a crime that was never committed.

Eric McDavid #16209-097
FCI Victorville, Medium II
P.O. Box 5300
Adelanto, CA 92301



Arrested before the 2012 NATO summit and charged with “attempted possession of explosive or incendiary devices,” he is still held while awaiting trial (unless or until he is bailed out). He is accused of asking someone who was an undercover police officer or informant to acquire explosives.

Mark Neiweem #2012-0520023
Cook County Department of Correction
PO Box 089002
Chicago, Illinois 60608



Grand jury resister imprisoned for refusing to testify about anarchists. (Maddy is of non-confirming gender and uses they/them pronouns.)

Matthew Pfeiffer #42421-086
FDC SeaTac
P.O. Box 13900
Seattle, WA 98198



An anti-fascist and immigrant rights organizer in Tucson who is currently facing charges and extradition to Canada in relation to the 2010 Toronto G20 summit.

CADC Dane Rossman #88252308
PO Box 6300
Florence, AZ 85132



Arrested before the 2012 Chicago NATO summit and charged with “falsely making a terrorist threat.” He was accused of telling someone who was an undercover police officer or informant that he had explosives. Police raided and searched his home and found nothing. In early November, Sebastian accepted a plea agreement and pleaded guilty to making a terroristic threat. He was sentenced to boot camp and will possibly face deportation upon the completion of his state sentence.

Sebastian Senakiewicz
10930 Lawrence Road
Sumner, IL 62466


The Cleveland 4 are accused of plotting to blow up a bridge in Ohio on May 1st, 2012. All of the accused were active members of Occupy Cleveland. A paid FBI informant provided the plans, the fake explosives, and pushed the accused to carry out the action. 3 of the 4 have pleaded guilty and have been sentenced to federal prison. Joshua “Skelly” Stafford is still pleading innocent; his trial is pending.

Brandon Baxter
USP Canaan
U.S. Penitentiary
P.O. Box 300
Waymart, PA 18472

Joshua Stafford
2240 Hubbard Road
Youngstown, OH 44505

Connor Stevens
FCI McKean
PO Box 8000
Bradford, PA 16701

Douglas Wright
USP Hazelton
U.S. Penitentiary
P.O. Box 2000
Bruceton Mills, WV 26525



Formerly the NATO 5. Brent Betterly, Jared Chase, and Brian Church were arrested just before the NATO summit in Chicago in May 2012 and are incarcerated (pending trial) while awaiting trial on charges of “possession of incendiary or explosive device, conspiracy to commit terrorism and providing material support for terrorism.” They are accused of making molotovs and of stating that they planned to use them to attack police stations, a Democratic Party campaign office, and the mayor’s home during the NATO summit. They were set up by informants.

Brent Betterly
Cook County Department of Correction
Post Office Box 089002
Chicago, Illinois 60608

Brian Church
Cook County Department of Correction
Post Office Box 089002
Chicago, Illinois 60608

Jared Chase
Cook County Department of Correction
Post Office Box 089002
Chicago, Illinois 60608


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