California Takes Prisoners Off Facebook
1 year ago
Inmates have to find new ways to "poke" each other
Guys in the California prison system aren't going to "Like" this news. The Department of Corrections and Facebook are teaming up to delete prisoners' accounts. Evidently too many prisoners were using Facebook to post pictures of their cells like "it's the place to be." One child molester even used it contact one of his victims.
"We found that he was accessing her Facebook site, her photos, and he was pretty much monitoring her life, and was able to know what she looked like even this many years later," said said Katie James with the California Department of Corrections.
Prisoners' rights groups are calling BS though. They point out that being on Facebook is how many prisoners keep in contact with their families, the same way as they did with writing letters in the past. They also don't approve of Facebook deleting "tribute" pages that are maintained by family members on the prisoner's behalf. Not to mention, prisoners can expose conditions and corruption that goes on behind the walls via social networking. With no outlet, many of their cries for help will go unheard.
Victim's families and the Department of Corrections aren't trying to hear it though. To them, once a criminal, always a criminal. So in their eyes any prisoner with access to Facebook is always up to no good.
"This is like organized crime," says Harriet Salarno with Crime Victims United to ABC News. "They can get in touch with gangs, they can commit crimes from prison. We need to stop all this."
The larger problem at hand however is the amount of cell phones that get smuggled into prisons. The state of California claims that more than 7,000 phones have been confiscated between January and June of 2011.