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I would like to send a letter to a childhood friend who has ended up in prison. He is turning 30 in a few days. His sentence is 18 years and he's served about 3, I think.

I have discussed this with others and have been warned about being put on government lists of "known associates." I don't know any specifics but I'm pretty sure he was in some sort of gang or at least was associated with felons.

In any case, is there a way, legally, that I can go about this to keep my name/address safe from gangs/big brother? I was thinking perhaps going through a lawyer but I know they read the mail so I doubt they would give him mail from someone who hasn't stated their name. My other thought was perhaps seeing if there is some sort of sponsor program or something where my intentions are stated before hand (to be a positive influence) so I don't get on watch lists.

Any advice is appreciated.

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    You have freedom of association. While sending letters may cause you to be put in a known associate, which could cause you to be investigated if the inmate escapes (since the police may think you are hiding the fugitive), you cannot be prosecuted just for associating with the inmate. See en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/NAACP_v._Alabama – Viktor Nov 12 '15 at 19:13

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