Regarding marriages spawned by his site, he says there have been “quite a few over the years.” This form of fatal attraction is common.

According to ABC News, hundreds of women marry men in prison for violent crimes every year — and prisoner dating sites are a central means through which criminals find mates.

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Experts on the phenomenon believe that the emotional intensity of dating someone behind bars is actually extremely addictive.

Others observe that law-abiding citizens seek anti-social lovers because they are unable to be truly intimate within a typical commitment. Then there is always the eternal appeal of the bad boy (or girl).

Christian Science Monitor reports that the online prisoner dating industry has grown from humble beginnings 1996 into a robust market today.

Leading sites boast “between 7,000 and 10,000 ads” featuring prisoners seeking to connect.

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Online sites for dating prisoners have proliferated in recent years.

On the surface, these sites profess to specialize in connecting people behind bars with those seeking pen pals.

Behind this façade, sites with names like act as bridges that transform long-distance friends into lovers.