Founded in 1996, INMATE Classified was created to address prison inmates' need to reconnect with friends, family, as well as facilitating positive communication with pen pals around the world.
How it works. Send a recent photo of yourself (must be less than 3 years old), desired text (300 words or less), the completed order form, and payment. You can add more photos to your ad for $10 each and 300 more words for $10. Your ad will be ready within four weeks of receiving your complete information and payment. Once your ad is live, we will print out and mail you a copy. We return all photos. If you would like to make minor corrections to your new ad (20 words or less), just send back the printed copy within 2 weeks of receiving it, indicating the corrections you desire, and we will promptly update it for free. Address changes are always free. Whether you opt for a Standard Ad or a Premium Ad bear in mind that the layout and design is the same for both.
Standard Ad - $60 Six Months (300 words, 1 photo) - or - $100 One Year (300 words, 2 photos)
Premium Ad - $120 Six Months (High Exposure, 300 words, 1 photo, 5 free e-mail responses) - or - $200 One Year (High Exposure, 300 words, 2 photos, 10 free e-mail responses)
Your ad includes your personal message box, which allows people to leave messages for you. Once each week we will download and print your messages (if any) and send them directly to you at the prison via regular mail at no additional cost. Our visitors know that you don't have access to the Internet, but still some fail to leave a street address, intentionally or by neglect. In those cases we make it possible for you to respond to these messages. Send us your response letter; we'll scan it (image, as you wrote it) and e-mail it on your behalf. Be sure to include the e-mail address of the recipient. The cost is $2 per e-mail per page (or 5 first class stamps where allowed). Use 8.5"x11" letter size paper; anything larger cannot be scanned.
What is High Exposure? The Front Page of our web site gets the highest traffic, so it's very valuable "real estate"; much like the front page of a newspaper. We will create a thumbnail size face shot from one of your photos and place it on our Front Page. A click on the thumbnail brings your ad up in one easy step.
Add more pages to your ad! You can grow your exposure by adding multiple pages of text, photos, or artwork linked to your main ad. We will create links (short descriptions) in your main ad that will take the viewer to each additional page. The cost is $10 one time setup fee per page + $10 per photo or artwork + $10 for 300 words or less (300 more words add $10). When your main ad expires all additional pages expire with it.
Referral program. Spread the word and you'll get one free month added to your account for each new client you send us. Be sure he/she names you as their referral. Once a client, you'll keep accumulating credits even if your ad expired; they'll be added to your next subscription.
Tips for writing a successful ad: • Use a good quality, recent picture of yourself. • Choose a good title, something catchy or unique. • Invite everyone to respond, not just the opposite sex. • Words are important, use them wisely. • Be sincere, write about your dreams, passions, regrets, etc. • Be positive and cheerful - humor never hurts.