Other businesses, like Inmatefone and Phone Donkey, sell forwarding numbers so prisoners can avoid long-distance charges.She sees herself as a social secretary for people who have been deprived of the forms of communication that are now ubiquitous almost everywhere except for prisons.By: Matthew Walker, Contributing Writer So you’re looking for love?You’re one of those who has yet to find that person to walk your journey with.Renea has become part of a network of small businesses that help prisoners keep in touch with these pen pals, in addition to friends and family on the outside.She exchanges favors with Pigeonly and Infolincs — two start-ups founded by former prisoners that allow people on the outside to upload pictures and text with their phones, and then print and send those images to loved ones inside.
“That’s the other type of shit that makes me hard-up! This is what Renea, who is 47 and lives outside Toledo, Ohio, does for up to 100 hours a week, stopping only for new “Game of Thrones” episodes and smoke breaks and calls from her boyfriend, Jimmy, who is currently incarcerated in Kentucky and who she met through the business.His friend, a prescription drug addict, snapped one night and shot two of his dealers.Justin said his friend turned the gun on him and demanded that he help bury the bodies; Justin was, in turn, arrested and imprisoned. So I asked: “How do I know what you’re not one of those guys who looks for women from York? “I’m not talking in riddles.” “What does ‘women from York’ even mean? I would have accepted either of those reasons to keep my hope of ever meeting someone who would not judge me. Stopped talking to him when he asked ‘Can I ask you for a favor? As I decided whether we should meet, I noticed the ranks of his female-offender Facebook friends growing as we messaged back and forth. In his next message, he embedded a video of himself masturbating. Then — just as quickly — I unblocked him, hoping he would reveal an excuse: . I saw that he was friends with some of my friends so I confirmed him.Some want other things though, temporary situations with exclusive benefits to them. While patience, perseverance, transparency and good communication are great, here are a dozen additional points to consider. Know what you bring to the table, what you are lacking and what you expect of the other.