"We have already helped many single prisoners from all over the UK to find companionship, both with single men and women on the outside but also with other single prisoners."We even have a lot of members on our site that are ex prisoners but who would very much like to meet others that have either been in their situation and understand prison life or those who are still in jail." It comes after we revealed the first British inmate has signed up with American site Inmate Connection.She began her daily grind of copy-paste — moving messages sent via Corr Links, an email service available to federal inmates, to the Facebook pages they had paid her to create in their names.
His idea of fun is “going to a theme park all day” before going for something to eat and a club.She exchanges favors with Pigeonly and Infolincs — two start-ups founded by former prisoners that allow people on the outside to upload pictures and text with their phones, and then print and send those images to loved ones inside.Other businesses, like Inmatefone and Phone Donkey, sell forwarding numbers so prisoners can avoid long-distance charges.Sun Online has contacted the Ministry of Justice for comment.arly one May morning, Renea Royster arrived at her son’s apartment, pulled out her laptop, and scrolled through the dozens of messages from prisoners that had collected in her inbox overnight.A user going by the name of ‘bigpetep’ says he is “single male” with two and a half years left in prison.One profile – under the name of Jacko – says he is a “care free guy” who likes to “drink and socialise”.“That’s the other type of shit that makes me hard-up! This is what Renea, who is 47 and lives outside Toledo, Ohio, does for up to 100 hours a week, stopping only for new “Game of Thrones” episodes and smoke breaks and calls from her boyfriend, Jimmy, who is currently incarcerated in Kentucky and who she met through the business.She has coined her operation “Bridging the Gap.” It began more simply as a website and Facebook group soliciting pen pals for prisoners who submit a picture, a bio, and a fee.Such sites have existed since the 1990s, and there are now nearly 50, in addition to dozens of Facebook and Yahoo groups that together boast more than 100,000 free-worlders looking for incarcerated people to write.Renea has become part of a network of small businesses that help prisoners keep in touch with these pen pals, in addition to friends and family on the outside.