An 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.)