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Meet-An-Inmate's Sexiest Women ... Is This Really a Good Idea?

Dear God. Could it really be? The 50 Hottest Women Currently In Prison list was released by someone with way too much time on their hands over at Ranker. The Huffington Post has picked up the story, along with more information on the websites that link you to prison penpals.

The sites that facilitate the inmates' communication with the outside world include and a favorite, On the sites, the inmates put a picture and personal profile, including an address. Disclosing their crime is optional, though a few legal bloggers could probably find out anything, if they were motivated enough. We weren't.

The woman bestowed with the top spot, Renee Bell, is a 33-year-old who is "lonely and in search of a real man for friendship, companionship, and possibly more. Must be stable in all ways, willing to take on the responsibility of having a woman in prison." Eloquent, yet concise. So far, so good. She did not choose to disclose her crime.

The second place woman, Maeghan Rice, was convicted of murder, after she assisted her boyfriend in ambushing her unsuspecting ex with a knife.

Murder? She looks so harmess ...

Speaking of murder, have these websites even considered the legal ramifications of this brilliant, recidivism-reducing idea? Hypothetically, let's say someone writes to the silver medalist, who we shall refer to as Murderer. Murderer gets out of jail. Lonely guy meets her at the prison gate, but is shocked to see what prison and possibly drugs have done to her looks. He bails. In anger and revenge, she stabs him. His family sues.

And whom do they sue? Though surely these sites have disclaimers, is it really a great idea to be what amounts to a dating service for felons? buries a disclaimer at the bottom of the page, provides the inmates' addresses, and a presumably out-of-date photo. You can access links to the profiles at the top of the page, without ever running across a warning.

As a site catering to at least some violent felons, the site may have a duty to warn visitors that they are going to be messaging someone has a history of violence. The present setup for Meet-an-inmate, with photos, addresses, and optional disclosure of crimes, seems like a negligence case waiting to happen.

As for that silver medalist, who is due to be released in 2020 ... she should be getting a few letters in two or three days.

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