Rule began communicating with her husband, the then convict, through a church pen-pal program in 2003. They married in 2005.
Rule said she was so inspired by the many men and women she corresponded with that she founded the Think Outside the Cell Foundation to remove the stigma surrounding incarceration, TheGrio.com reports.
“This is a group that is so stigmatized,” Rule said, adding that the stigma prevents people from having compassion and seeing the potential of people with prison records. “People either don’t think about them or think about them negatively.”