Looking for a Prison Pen Pal? (Aren’t We All?)

Screen shot 2014-03-02 at 9.55.55 AMAn accidental, laundry-related viewing of Lifetime’s Blue-Eyed Butcher led me to my new favorite website: Meet-An-Inmate.com. (You’ll be relieved to hear that it is ranked #1 in prison pen pal websites.)

What do I like about this, you ask? Well, for people of a certain generation who came of age pre email, the concept of pen pals has always been exciting. I vaguely remember having one in elementary school, but who knows if that’s real or just a stolen memory from Beverly Cleary books. The point is, pen pals mean you can meet people you’d never otherwise have the chance to speak to—and people can teach you a lot about the world!

Then there are the photos. (Let’s just say there are a lot of A-line tank tops, if you know what I mean.) And the fact that you can browse by age. Not age range; straight-up age. And the prisoners’ bios! If you’re looking for something a little less dark than the list of executed prisoners’ last words and mug shots, then this is the site for you!

(“Did you get hacked?” a friend texted back when I sent over one particularly memorable profile without any explanation or preamble.)

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2 thoughts on “Looking for a Prison Pen Pal? (Aren’t We All?)

  1. Yinzerella says:

    I feel like if I click on that site, my entire day would be sucked into a black hole.
    So. Tempted.

  2. mcpervy says:

    I recently came across that site myself and spent who knows how long reading the profiles of prisoners. I became temporarily obsessed with one young prisoner and even researched his case on Google. As a teen he shocked his small town when he kind of snapped and killed his dad. I don’t recall the details but he seemed sorry, haha. Something compelled me to write to him, i’m sure his looks didn’t hurt. After crafting a first email I sent it but something went wrong and the letter that took me so long to write disappeared. I took it as a sign and was too lazy to rewrite it.

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