Action Against Missouri Inmate Ads Draw More Attention to Them

NOVEMBER 29, 2005 - Posted at 2:33 p.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY, MO - Attorney General Jay Nixon is seeking to freeze the assets of female prisoners who have received money from Internet pen pals.

And his action already is having consequences.

Nixon announced his legal action less than two weeks ago.  Since then, about 15 of the 100 Missouri inmates listing their ads on have sought to pull them.

But Web site owner Adam Lovell says about 300 Missourians have e-mailed him seeking to start a pen-pal relationship with prisoners.  That's 20 to 30 times as many inquiries as he normally gets from Missouri.

Lovell says he supports Nixon's action of going after inmates seeking to con people out of money.  But he defends the Web site as a good way for prisoners to find friends.

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