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 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.
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.
Is the inmate's personal information accurate?
We check every application for accuracy whenever a source is available and you should do the same. Visit Find an Inmate for a guide to the prison system. If the discrepancies are 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.
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.
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.
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:
"The response from my personal home page was absolutely wild! I've received a gazillion letters and photos from around the world and without question, would highly recommend the INMATE Classified internet service to all inmates."
Dean Kennedy - California.
"Beautiful! Thank you so much! Right away I began getting messages and snail mail from across the globe. I am truly amazed. I feel rejuvenated, alive again, and a part of the world that has become so distant to me. This is magical."
Robin Head - Texas.
"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 Valdez - California.
"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 Farr - 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 Johnson - California.
And yes ... you must be at least 18 years old to use this service!