'Jailbabes': Female prisoners go online to find love

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by Karen Grace / KENS 5

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Posted on February 23, 2010 at 10:34 AM

SAN ANTONIO -- Lonely vixens behind bars are looking for love online. Their soul mates are just a click away. 

But could they just be luring their next victim? 

Just because they are locked up, doesn't mean they're not still "wanted."  These "jailbabes" are behind bars and they are using sultry ads posted on Cowtowninfo.com as bait.

One Texas inmate calls herself the "caged vixen" and wants to steal a man's heart.  After all, she's already in prison for theft.

Another country girl says she just wants a "good man to marry."  Hopefully he can overlook her murder conviction?

These inmates don't even have access to the Internet, but their friends or family members posted their profiles.

"They have no ability to get on the Internet whatsoever," says Jason Clark, Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

But how would a prospective prison pen pal know that the female inmate isn't suckering them from the slammer?  There are red flags that the Texas Department of Criminal Justice looks for.

"You could see an offender who may start a relationship via pen pal," Clark says. "And then all of a sudden they start asking for money and that would be an issue."

So the prison censors all incoming and outgoing mail not just for contraband, but to make sure inmates are on the "up and up" about their convictions.

They want to make sure the inmates are not lying to their "lovers" about their sentence time or scheming for cash for their commissary account.

"Anytime we believe there is fraud or solicitation going on then we send the pen pal a letter," Clark says.

KENS 5 found a copy of the letter on Cowtowninfo.com.  The Webmaster actually posted it for their users. In it, prison officials warn  "the correspondence will often include false information about the offender's age and appearance.... the reason for incarceration, and the length of sentence and parole information."

KENS 5 wrote to Cowtowninfo.com, but the site's operators declined to comment.  The Web site does say that just because these babes are behind bars "doesn't mean they are bad people."

The bottom line for anyone guilty of looking for the real "ball and chain" in prison?

"Offenders do have the right to write letters," Clark says. "Unfortunately, we have had situations where inmates tried to manipulate people to get money from them."

 

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