A friend told her she might find love again by writing to prisoners and they browsed Write together.
Unbeknownst to De Anna, her friend wrote to an inmate, Keith Miller, under her name At the time, Keith Miller (pictured) was serving a 50-year sentence in Indiana after being convicted of drug trafficking.
The circumstances surrounding his prison sentence sparked her interest in criminal justice.
De Anna went back to school, graduating from college with a bachelor’s degree in social work, then a master’s in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati.
An in-depth 2015 study of 90 inmates and their pen pal friends by the University of Warwick in the UK found having ‘something as simple as a pen pal relationship can lead to tangible benefits for prisoners’, increasing their chances of successful rehabilitation.