The dangerous of dating on website
It doesn’t matter, insists Melissa, who says the site helps prisoners pass the time and “get back into the swing of things” as they reconnect with women.“I’m making a difference, for sure — and that’s become most important to me,” said Melissa, whose website is open to any offender.“It doesn’t matter what they’ve done. I’m just a firm believer in redemption and rehabilitation…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 federal prisoners, many behind bars for violent offences like attempted murder, sexual assault and first-degree murder, have written blurbs highlighting their personal qualities — and, in some cases, their crimes. The page indicates that any prospective partner should be ready to wait for his expected May 2015 release date, adding: “But I am worth it.”Canadian Inmates Connect Inc.showcases numerous prisoners serving life sentences and helps the incarcerated find pen pals and, perhaps, much more.The suitors are among dozens of male and female cons who have posted personal profiles and photos on a matchmaking website with a twist.This site hooks up people on the inside with those on the outside. He claims to hold the Toronto record for robbing the most banks in the shortest span: 11 financial institutions knocked off in four-and-a-half hours.“Not something I am really proud of,” Alex Nikoloski writes in his profile.
The Correctional Service of Canada declined to comment on “an external site” when asked about Canadian Inmates Connect.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 says most of the profiled prisoners heard about the website through word of mouth and inmate committees. S., credits the website for introducing her to a convicted bank robber she hopes to marry one day.“I would marry him because I love him and I see him having a really good future now,” said Young, whose sweetheart, Steve Mehlenbacher, is serving his fourth federal sentence after a total of 16 bank-heist convictions.“We get really deep and personal in our letters about our pasts and just stuff like that, so we’re able to open up to one another.“I never was able to open up to anybody before him.”Young, 24, first connected with Mehlenbacher, 42, in November after she sent Christmas cards to a few of the inmates on the website.They mailed her a blurb, photos of themselves and a annual membership fee. She plans to move across the country this month to be closer to her man, who’s locked up in the medium-security Mountain Institution in Agassiz, B. They have never met in person, but they exchange letters regularly and have daily chats on the phone, which Mehlenbacher is permitted to do at his institution.