Anyway, one of the guys I talked to was really interesting to write back to. He was older and we actually had a decent back-and-forth on life and philosophy.
Make no mistake, I was on guard. Writing to death row inmates is and was not a light thing to do. Some of them will try to use that connection for not-so-legal things. But he was pretty open and it was cool to get to have what seemed like a fruitful conversation. It was really humanizing despite this fellow having killed a cop.