According to an article in today's Guardian, there are more than 4,400 female prisoners in England. (According to figures from two years ago, there were 112,000 women in prison in the U.S., and the number is rising.) Four out of five have mental health issues; half have been victims of abuse; one in three has a child under the age of five. Writes Angela Greatley, chief executive of Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health: "Very few women prisoners actually need to be in custody. Most need a package of support that spans several public services: from health and social care to housing and employment support. Very often it is the failure of those services to work well together that has led the women to prison in the first place." But some people think the idea of a jailed woman is awesome, thus the existence of Conjugal Harmnony.
The site, which purports to be a matchmaking service between men on the outside and women in prison, bills itself thusly: "Imagine having a wife who is always glad to see you, never cheats or stays out all night, and who rocks your ever-loving world twice a month with a pent-up vengeance you haven't felt since college." And though the site is probably a joke, the sentiment it communicates isn't: It's all about kicking a woman when she's down. Prisoners may have a committed crimes, but when a family is destroyed, don't we all suffer? Maybe the image of a shackled, busty inmate who has "the perfect amount of freedoms and rights" is hilarious to someone, but around here it's what we call a Missdemeanor.