Attorney General Investigating Prisoner Website

1 decade 3 years 9 months ago Friday, November 18 2005 Nov 18, 2005 Friday, November 18, 2005 9:23:31 PM CST November 18, 2005 in News

The state found 33 Missouri prisoners taking part in adult internet-based correspondence sites.

Sites like writeaprisoner.com, and cellpals.com allow prisoners to post their personal information on the web. People can then pay to keep in contact with these prisoners.

"In some cases, these people have received thousands of dollars from people on the outside." Director of Communications Scott Holste said.

So the state's asking the Cole County Court to let it take this money and use it to compensate for inmates' living expenses.

"If the money's out there, that the inmates have, then taxpayers should not have to pay for room and board of those inmates," Holste said.

The attorney general teamed up with the Department of Correction to catch these actions.

"Questions started to be raised about the same offender, and so it kind of raised red flags, and investigations pursued," Wanda Seeney of the Missouri Department of Corrections said.

And the Department of Corrections is also taking action.

"We take it very seriously, and we are taking steps to alleviate the problem," Seeney said.

Corrections has formed a team to prevent things like this from happening in the future.

The attorney general's office plans to take action as soon as the court rules.

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