Letters from Behind Bars

From behind bars, all the way in southern Illinois, Samantha Dunn writes and receives letters from her pen pal located in Chicago, Linnea Hurst. Dunn and Hurst have been exchanging letters since 2016 through a prison abolitionist organization, Black & Pink.

From quirky illustrated cartoons to birthday greetings, Dunn and Hurst communicate in ways that seem almost outdated in a world living on technology. But at Marion Penitentiary, living as a transgender woman in a male prison, this is Dunn’s key to the outside world.

Echo¬†has collected some of these letters to showcase some of the stories, drawings and friendship exchanged between two people from two completely different places. Read the full story of Dunn and Hurst in Echo’s print magazine.