For the felon in your life

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A new series of greeting cards have been getting rave reviews from prison officials: designed specifically for receipt by inmates, they don't fold up or have any pop-ups that could hide contraband -- and the messages are bluntly straightforward:

The company that designs them is called Three Squares Greetings (you can order the cards from their website), and they trade on a niche that's clearly been overlooked by the Hallmarks of the world. "Wish you weren't there!"kids.jpg
The company's founder, Terrye Cheathem, might've thought these cards were a little funny herself ten years ago -- before her brother-in-law ended up in jail. She was asked to write him, but never knew what to say, and Hallmark cards were "way too cheerful." According to an LA Times article, Cheatham is having some trouble selling the cards in stores; people seem reluctant to make a public acknowledgment that a loved one is behind bars. But when she starts selling the cards online November 1, she expects business to pick up.notyou.jpg

I'm not sure I'd go so far as to say "I MUST be next," but then again, I'm not quite sure what I'd write. Luckily, I've never had to think about it. Anyone else ever had a little writer's block while penning a note to a loved one in prison? (Feel free to comment anonymously, if you feel like it.)

October 19, 2007 - 3:08am
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