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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.
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 just a firm believer in redemption and rehabilitation…
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.
“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.
The 16-month-old website, which promotes some 40 convict profiles, has even churned out a few lockup love stories.Young is actually separated from another federal inmate she married in a jailhouse wedding, just last summer.She said her ex-husband is actually the one who told her about the website.“I heard from a lot of people there’s a lot of weirdos on there,” she said, referring to one popular matchmaking website.“You could talk to somebody on a dating site in the United States, and you could talk for like three years every day after work or something, and that person could be murdering a bunch of people and you don’t know because they’re just some everyday person, right?