Some sites also charge people interested in contacting an inmate for the desired addresses.
(Meet-an-inmate does not charge for this service.) even boasts a Facebook-like interface complete with status updates to make the selection process more appealing.
Friends of participating inmates pay to update prisoners’ statuses and upload photos (and curiously people who are not inmates also join).
Christian Science Monitor reports that the online prisoner dating industry has grown from humble beginnings 1996 into a robust market today.
“They become very lonely and often get cut off from their friends and family,” Biske told the Grio.“Correspondence with a stranger can give them something to look forward to and help their morale.” Yet his site and those similar to it feature inmate profiles as inviting as any on Ok Cupid.Posing in spruced-up versions of their prison uniforms, prisoners use these sites to sell themselves to potential pen pals and describe the types of people they want to meet.Evangelist Franklin Graham prayed on a sidewalk outside the Pentagon Thursday after his invitation to a prayer service inside was withdrawn because of comments that insulted people of other religions.
Online sites for dating prisoners have proliferated in recent years.
Leading sites boast “between 7,000 and 10,000 ads” featuring prisoners seeking to connect.