The profiles are authored entirely by the convicts, which means nobody double-checks them for accuracy.In a disclaimer on the website, Canadian Inmates Connect states that it’s not responsible for any type of relationship developed through its pages.“It’s up to the people out there,” said Melissa, who recommends that homework, such as Internet searches, be conducted on the prisoners.“They’re taking the chance to write to these guys.”Since inmates don’t have Internet access in the clink, initial contact must be made via snail-mail to their respective penitentiary.
I believe everybody deserves a second chance.”Melissa, however, has a warning for those interested in contacting one of the inmates on her website: proceed with caution.
The 16-month-old website, which promotes some 40 convict profiles, has even churned out a few lockup love stories.
The site’s founder says several prisoners have asked her to remove their bios because they have already found that special someone.
Melissa, who does not want her family name published due to privacy and safety concerns, was inspired to start the website after seeing similar ones in the United States.
Initially, the 35-year-old Toronto mom thought she would make a profit for her effort, but she said she quickly realized she would have to spend her own money to keep it alive.