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A Lancaster County Prison inmate with family photos.

A Lancaster County Prison inmate with family photos.

Photographer: Ryan Collerd for Bloomberg

Ex-Cons Create ‘Instagram for Prisons,’ and Wardens Are Fine With That

Pigeonly, InmateAid and Flikshop are offering a cheaper way for families to connect with incarcerated loved ones.

Laura Whitten, 35, woke up, rolled over and grabbed her phone, snapping a selfie in bed beside her dog. ‘Good morning, xo’ she wrote in a message to her boyfriend, uploading it to an app called Pigeonly.

The picture traveled from her home in the eastern suburbs of Charlotte, North Carolina, to a fulfillment center in downtown Las Vegas. There it was printed out, stuffed into an envelope and stamped with an address: Berlin Federal Correctional Institution, New Hampshire.