About INMATE Classified
Founded in 1996, INMATE Classified is a pioneer of Internet services designed to address prison inmates' need to reconnect with friends, family, and society at large.
We do not condone crime in any shape or form, but at the same time we do not condone the cruel and unusual punishment of the prisoners, a serious issue deeply rooted in the 8th amendment of the Constitution of the United States. The latest trend that the US supreme court offered to consider is evaluating cruel and unusual punishment based on "evolving standards of decency that mark the progress of a maturing society (Rutherford Institute)".
In other words nothing is written in stone anymore, and as society evolves the way we perceive "cruel and unusual" also evolves. We welcome policies that promote and facilitate new forms of communication with the incarcerated, applying the same technologies used by the rest of us. If we are to evolve as a society we cannot leave behind millions of our citizens, and pretend they don't exist.
Prisoners' contact with family, friends, and the rest of the world is essential to their rehabilitation; eventually the vast majority of them will come home one day. There is no greater gift you can give to a stranger than a few words of encouragement when he needs it most.
How can I place an ad for my friend or family member?
Here's the Information
How do I find someone's ad posted on this web site?
All the inmates posting ads on this web site are listed on the left side of the screen.
Read this before you start browsing.
Do I have pay for using your web site?
No! The pen pal ads you see here are paid by the inmates or by their family and friends.
Do prisoners have access to the Internet?
State and Federal Prisons do not allow computers, cell phones, tablets, or any device that connects to the Internet. An inmate caught in possession of such a device faces severe consequences. However, some institutions will allow their inmates to use services like CorrLinks or JPay to send and receive e-mail.
How can they respond to my message?
They can respond to your message either by writing directly (provided you leave a return street address), or by e-mail that we will send on their behalf after scanning their response letter (it will take longer to get a response). Be sure to leave a valid e-mail address.
How can I locate someone in prison?
All the inmates with ads on our web site are listed in the Pen Pal Roster. If you want to find someone else click here for a guide: How to find and inmate.
Is the inmate's personal information accurate?
We accept no responsibility for the truth or accuracy of the statements made by the inmates who have posted profiles on our site. Visit Find an Inmate for a guide to the prison system and click on the state where the inmate is incarcerated to get to their DOC (or the Bureau of Prisons) website. Compare the profile with the information posted on the official site, and if you find any discrepancies that you consider blatant we urge you to report it to us. Improper use of this service by the inmate meant to deceive the public or spread material of a threatening or libelous nature will result in immediate termination of the inmate's ad.
What else can I find on this web site?
If you want to read more about prison life and experiences click here Articles and Novels to read some interesting articles and novels written in prison.
The statements, views, claims and opinions expressed in ads, articles, reviews and other materials on this web site are those of their respective authors and publishers. Inmate Classified does not warrant, endorse, guarantee or assume responsibility for any third party articles including their accuracy, or the intellectual property rights in or relating to such articles.
More questions about this web site?
Contact Us We prefer that you leave a detailed written message. The phone number listed is for voice mail only and not our ideal communication method.
"It's sweet to be remembered, but often cheaper to be forgotten."
INMATE Classified is a private enterprise not a government or charity organization, and operates solely from inmates subscriptions not from tax payers money. We strive to provide the highest quality of personal customer service, and it shows. Your contribution to our success is evident in the satisfaction of our customers; we received hundreds of letters from them; here's a few excerpts:
"Thank you for your years of service and your professionalism. I will always recommend your company to others." Andrew C. - Washington.
"Well, Thanks for everything! I tell people all the time, ' You can go here and there and it'll be cheaper, but so will be the responses and the people you meet.'" Lyle C. - California.
"The response my ad has received on the Internet is incredible! Letters from Sweden, Australia, and the U.S. coast to coast. It's worth the investment."
David V. - California.
"Receiving amazing responses already. Met a few really decent and educated folks too. Once again IC is proving to be the best P.P. company. Thank you so much!" Shawn W. - Florida.
"Now I know I'll face death very soon. I've enjoyed meeting people through your service as I have no family standing by me. Facing this alone has been Hell, but with letters from friends it sure has made my days better. Thanks."
Victor F. - Florida.
"I can't tell you how much I've enjoyed your services. Thanks to you I now have a beautiful, intelligent, conscious and supportive wife! You can quote that when you advertise your business." Demian J. - California.
And yes ... you must be at least 18 years old to use this service!