Regarding marriages spawned by his site, he says there have been “quite a few over the years.” This form of fatal attraction is common.
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.
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(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).
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).
Christian Science Monitor reports that the online prisoner dating industry has grown from humble beginnings 1996 into a robust market today.