There is a new trend popping up on TikiTok that sees young people writing letters to people in prison, including convicted murderers who they find “cute”.
Using the hashtag #WriteaPrisoner, people are told to use a website called WriteAPrisoner.com, where they are connected with someone who is currently serving a jail sentence.
There are many different forms of communications people can choose from on the site, from video calls to emails, or letters. You can take your pick.
Of course, the TikTokers post evidence of their interactions on the platform. Otherwise, did it even really happen?
TikTokers have been sharing examples of letters, poems, and even song lists they send to their new friends.
Many of the TikTokers, often young women, comment on how attractive their inmates are.
And others have even taken part because they are looking for "a boyfriend".
This has become such a big deal that there are currently over 85 million views on the hashtag since the trend began in January.
One of the participants, who is 17, had fun with the trend. In a video posted on TikTok, said:
So, I heard if you’re like me, and you really want a boyfriend, all you have to do is go to WriteAPrisoner.com, and you can find an inmate and become pen pals.
The DailyDot reports that, in the video, she shows a photo of her new friend, a 19-year-old inmate sentenced to life in prison for the aggravated murder of an elderly victim, aggravated robbery, kidnapping, and abuse of a corpse.
Over his photo, the text reads:
He murdered someone, but he’s cute.
Another TikToker explained why she decided to participate in the trend in a TikTok video.
Lockdown’s had me really bored so I found this website called WriteAPrisoner.com, and you can literally just browse through a load of inmates in prison all over the USA. I reached out to get to know him, not about what he did
I actually don’t think it’s any of my business.
On the website, people are able to connect mainly with those who are incarcerated in the United States, but if you have a taste for international prisoners there is a small opportunity to connect with them too.