Watch a Fascinating Short Documentary About a Man Who Writes Letters to 567 Different Prison Inmates

Watch a Fascinating Short Documentary About a Man Who Writes Letters to 567 Different Prison Inmates

Aug 21, 2013

 

Letter writing has become a lost art, but Clive Jacobsen's letters are a lifeline for hundreds of inmates in Zambia, South Africa and Thailand. Each weekend, Jacobsen takes a four-hour train ride to attend church. He uses that time to correspond with over 560 inmates. Jacobsen has been writing to prisoners since 2002 and was inspired to reach out to the incarcerated strangers after he spent a few months in jail during the 1960s.

This five-minute documentary follows Jacobsen for a day. Piles of letters flood his desk, but his quaint filing system keeps the clutter at bay. He spends an average of 13 hours a month responding to people. The letters are heartbreaking. We learn about one man who will sit in jail for more than a decade because he stole food. Other prisoners write to Jacobsen about the effects their wrongdoings have caused their families. "I don't judge them," he tells us. "No one is beyond redemption." Inspiring and eye-opening, the video reminds us about the power of words, kindness and film. 

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