Prison inmate online dating

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Christian Science Monitor reports that the online prisoner dating industry has grown from humble beginnings 1996 into a robust market today.Leading sites boast “between 7,000 and 10,000 ads” featuring prisoners seeking to connect.There are a number of options within Inmate Passions to help connect members, including the following: Inmate ‘Groups’ allow members to find others who share very specific interests / similarities.Inmate Forums allow members to post on topics of interest.Experts on the phenomenon believe that the emotional intensity of dating someone behind bars is actually extremely addictive.Others observe that law-abiding citizens seek anti-social lovers because they are unable to be truly intimate within a typical commitment. Then there is always the eternal appeal of the bad boy (or girl).“This is meet-an-inmate.com, not meet-a-girl-scout.com! People can get an image of what they think a person is like from a photo, description and a few letters,” Bischke warned.

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Friends of participating inmates pay to update prisoners’ statuses and upload photos (and curiously people who are not inmates also join).

But does the sexy swag of a prisoner outweigh the risks of loving a violent offender?

Writer Julie Bindel of the British newspaper I once interviewed a woman who was waiting for a man to be released from a life sentence she had met via the prison pen pal service.

ABC News reports that there are over a dozen major prison dating sites.

Rare sites like make it clear that some of its proceeds are donated to programs that benefit the prisoner and ex-con community.

In her famous book, author Asha Bandele details the romantic courtship that led to her marriage to husband Zayd Rashid while he was serving a sentence of 20 years to life for murder.

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