When looking for a partner, the majority of women cite good sense of humour as an essential requirement.
However in recent years, the advent of websites such as Meeta Prisoner.com, Inmatesfor You.com, and even Gay have made it easier for people to connect with potential suitors on the inside.
Whilst prevalent in the States, each facility differs as to what they allow or disallow, but the general rule is that anything being sent to or from an inmate goes through a screening process.
In the UK, people who wish to write letters to inmates can do so via
Prisoners in the UK have no direct access to social media or the internet in general, and letters are still the preferred means of communication.
Alex Cavendish, Social Anthropologist and former prison inmate, says; “In theory, a percentage of all outgoing letters are randomly checked by the censor's department in each prison (usually 10%).
However, if the inmate has been convicted of domestic violence, a sexual offence or stalking/harassment, then all letters are supposed to be read.”Although there are no official figures recorded on the number of letters sent, according to The Office for National Statistics, a report released only this year on population in UK prisons compares 81,881 men compared to 3,882 women currently residing in jail.
Most of us struggle to identify with the type of woman who would actively search for a partner in prison.
We read the sensational stories in the Press which tend to veer between pity and disdain.
Are they lonely creatures in search of emotional dependence from a captive audience?
Or manipulative sociopaths living vicariously through ‘celebrity’ prisoners?
Fatema Saira Rehman, the woman who wrote to and later married notorious lifer Charles Bronson, once said of her correspondence; “I never expected anything.