Why Prisons Should Let Inmates Use Social Media

By Seth Ferranti | Vice.com
June 18, 2016

doj social media inmatesIn April, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) effectively banned prisoners from using social media accounts. The new rule, in the Offender Orientation Handbook, stated that inmates “are prohibited from maintaining active social media accounts for the purposes of soliciting, updating, or engaging others, through a third party or otherwise.”

“Offenders have used social media accounts to sell items over the internet based on the notoriety of their crime, harass victims or victim’s families, and continue their criminal activity,” a TDCJ spokesman told VICE. “The agency will take all of the necessary steps to prevent that from happening.”

Read more here:http://www.vice.com/read/why-prisons-should-give-inmates-access-to-social-media

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