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.
Prisons, one of America's largest industries, are worth an estimated billion.
Maybe it was only a matter of time before the two paired off.
In his online ad, he's draped over a faux-Grecian statue in what looks like the courtyard of his Rhode Island jail.
He's "sincere, serious romantic and very intelligent and understanding." He's even, he writes - for the right woman - "willing to relocate."Online dating, the Web's largest trackable source of consumer dollars, drew 0 million last year.
It will greatly increase the inmates chance of being able to successfully get pen pals when a site has a lot of traffic (visitors).
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.What would tempt a free woman or man to seek out and correspond with - and, as corrections officers say regularly happens, go on to date and even marry - an inmate? Many psychologists say commitment-phobes pursue such matches.Are you thinking of listing an inmate on a prison pen pal website?Cellblockmail.com's headline ad this week instructs: "To write to Diana, please add her to your Shopping Cart, then continue browsing ads or proceed to Checkout."Many just wonder: What's the draw?Don't people without criminal convictions have a hard enough time getting dates?