Dating site for people in jail
That doesn't surprise Jennifer Drake, a 17-year Maryland Department of Corrections veteran."Because if you can befriend Charlie Manson," she says, "if you can say, 'I'm Charlie Manson's girlfriend' - how many women can say that?The owners of inmate ad sites, she says, should be taking a step back and asking: "Are we setting these people up to be victims in the future?"Other victim advocates agree, saying the ads are disrespectful to those who've suffered at these inmates' hands. Not everyone," - the US prison population was 2.1 million last year; more than 95 percent will be released - "but some of the people in there are gonna come out and be loving mothers and daughters or fathers and sons - and maybe husbands and wives.
Find Pen Pals from around the world or in your own state!In 2001, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections issued "misconduct" citations to 51 inmates for violating the department's policy that "inmates may not directly or indirectly use any Internet services." Last fall, on the other hand, a California judge overturned that state's DOC prohibition against inmates receiving mailed printouts from the Web, calling the policy "arbitrary."Ms.Drake, who for five years was assigned to read all her facility's incoming and outgoing inmate mail, says though the Web has greatly increased the amount of mail prisoners get, romantic attachments by penpals are an old story.Don't people without criminal convictions have a hard enough time getting dates?What would tempt a free woman or man to seek out and correspond with - and, as corrections officers say regularly happens, go on to date and even marry - an inmate? Many psychologists say commitment-phobes pursue such matches.