Once a prisoner’s information makes it online, interested parties pick potential partners as they would on any other matching site.
Some sites also charge people interested in contacting an inmate for the desired addresses.
Christian Science Monitor reports that the online prisoner dating industry has grown from humble beginnings 1996 into a robust market today.
Bischke created as a pen-pal service to capitalize on this market, adding “and of course I want to make a profit like any other business.” His site now averages 3,000 visitors and 70,000 page views a day.
While he encourages people to befriend prisoners through his site, Bischke stresses that those who engage with the incarcerated need to be cautious.
I was ambitious, and my sights were set on anywhere but Delaware. Maybe when got his act together, I told myself, we could finally have a real relationship.
But in the spring of 2006, Justin came back into my life with a phone call from my mother.
that men who have committed serious violent offenses should not be allowed to participate in online meeting services, asking: “Are we setting these people up to be victims in the future? Cuomo insist that prisoner dating sites unnecessarily encourage scenarios that place naive people in danger, for which these site creators are partially responsible.
Despite the growing interest in online prisoner dating, Bischke insists that these sites are intended to ease prisoner isolation only.
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).
Online sites for dating prisoners have proliferated in recent years.