The front page of a newspaper loudly states, "Killer Looking For Love Online". Although the article is biased and quite sarcastic (as evidenced by the author's byline, "Inside Edge") it does point out an interesting topic for debate: do inmates deserve love too?
In the article in question, the author speaks of the violent, destructive crimes the inmate is convicted of: "a life sentence of first degree mass murder," where the inmate set a house on fire with five people inside, including three children, because he was convinced one of the residents had ratted him out to the police about another, unrelated stabbing. All pretty convincing information, for sure - information that isn't shared in the inmate's 250 word online dating profile that cost $79.95/year to create.
What changes the entire tone of the debate however is that the inmate used a dating site specifically geared towards inmates called PrisonPenPals.com. Most inmates have limited access to the internet, so dating sites geared towards convicted criminals usually accept applications by mail only for their online dating sites.
So the folks who are perusing these pen pal/dating sites for inmates are already aware the people on them have done something that society deems they shouldn't have. What many don't know however, is what they were convicted of. An exception to this rule is a site called Women Behind Bars, which I've highlighted in my list of Strange Love dating sites, where each inmate has whatever they were convicted for listed prominently.
My question to you therefore is this: if an inmate has signed up for a dating site that caters to their incarceration, is it ok? Does the fact that the site has already predetermined all users are behind bars make it clear enough, or should inmates be barred altogether from finding love online? Does what they've been convicted of matter, or should only certain types of inmates be allowed to seek love online?
Reference: Ethan Baron. (2010, January 15). Mass Murderer Seeks 'Upbeat' Penpal; He's Lonely: Nathan Fry Set Fire To A House, Killing 5 People. The Province, A.4.