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Prisoners and Facebook are a Questionable Mix: Social Networking and Criminals

Updated on March 31, 2017
  At best, prisoners and Facebook are a questionable mix.
At best, prisoners and Facebook are a questionable mix. | Source

Prison Crime via Social Networks like Facebook

Criminals keeping up their activity on social networks has been going on too long but we can push to stop it.

Should Criminals be Allowed Access to Social Media?

Isn't a prison system supposed to be designed to protect citizens from inmates?

Why are convicts allowed to have access to Facebook?

Is it not criminal to allow prison inmates access to victims through social media?

Aren't judgements against criminal activity supposed to imprison criminals partly to keep them from reaching their victims?

Is government responsible for protecting victims from criminal activity via social networks, or would it be better for these companies to take action and not allow it?

Do convicts' rights (and even their needs) supersede the rights of victims?

Can we question whether prisoners should be allowed to use social networking to escape their confinement?

How can we best ask and answer the questions revolving around the issues of whether criminals should have access to social media"

Criminals forfeit their freedoms.
Criminals forfeit their freedoms. | Source

This Question Should be Answered Definitively by Authorities: Should Prisoners be Permitted to use Social Networks?

Simply put, there is a significant lack of common sense at the root of the question of whether prisoners and Facebook are a questionable mix. Seeing the article from South Carolina that was in the national news early this morning caused me to consider the issues because I often think about how common sense would solve so many problems for our society.

Your voice can help solve the crime of giving criminals access to victims!
Your voice can help solve the crime of giving criminals access to victims! | Source

Facebook Fights Crime:

Before I continue I want to say, “Bravo, Rep. Gilliard. I don’t know anything about you except that you have taken a right step on this matter and I pray that your efforts are met with a success that sweeps the Carolinas and then the nation.”

Thinking about how prisoners, inmates, convicts (or, "residents" as they are called in places that prohibit hurting their feelings by calling them what they are) have limited their own freedom and, even so, how they want to blame the government, police, judges, or laws for their limited freedom had me shaking my head.

A lack of common sense has shaped our society’s perspectives on significant issues and it shows. The problems are not limited to the USA, but reporting on victims' valid concerns is limited.

In researching the topic, it was interesting to read about some of the reasons behind the proposed law as well as to read the comments from people interviewed for the initial article I read, but it was also sickening to read of that particular prisoner’s attitudes and activities.

His Facebook photo presents him as a sweet boy, but it is appalling to think that he has been able to communicate with the outside world as he has, influencing others to their detriment as well as his own.

I hope this person gets the help he needs, but I also hope that he is not allowed to do more harm to people. Common sense tells us that an intelligent criminal is the last sort of person we want influencing other people, especially young people, on sites like Facebook.

Common sense tells us that the protection of the innocent should be the priority. Common sense does answer the question of whether prisoners should have access to Facebook and other social networking sites.

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Do You Say that Prisoners and Facebook are a Good Mix?

The ACLU’s position on this issue is not surprising, however, common sense tells me that they are not all-powerful. If enough people would step up and speak up by writing their representatives, both local and national ones, we the people could make a difference on this issue. We might even convince many states to take the same action that is being attempted in South Carolina.

Common sense tells us that we need to actively support legislation that protects victims of crime and prevents criminals from continuing to harm other people. It doesn’t take much effort to look around and see the ways that the innocent are left to fend for themselves while criminals are provided protections and privileges that boggle the mind. With the internet access that we have it takes even less effort to find the address of the politicians you want to write to. Why, we can even tweet them on news such as this!

It's true that we can’t always respond to issues that come up. There are just too many for us to keep up with, however, when we are aware of a chance to influence lawmakers by writing a few simple lines to promote action that would help strengthen the fabric of our society we have a responsibility to do so. The letter does not have to be long, and as a matter of fact, the shorter the better. Three to four respectful but urgent sentences could easily do the job.

Put yourself in the place of victims who have suffered because of this lack of common sense and please write a letter, send an email, or at the very least get a tweet going. The poll I've included below might be interesting, but it is the comments section that allows us to truly voice our opinions and share input effectively.

If you write a letter and then leave a comment below, that would be a valuable example to others. If you write a letter, receive a response from the legislator you contacted, and then leave a comment below that would be most effective in encouraging others to follow suit.

Thanks for giving this a read. A million thanks if you write the letter that only you can send! It's up to us to answer the question about whether prisoners and Facebook are a questionable mix. Let them know that prisoners should not have access to Facebook or any of the other social networks. After all, any one of us could be the next victim.

Should Prisoners Have Access To Social Network Sites Such As Facebook?

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Do You Think Prisoners Should Access Facebook or Use Cell Phones?

The issues are important to everyone because anyone can become a victim of criminal activity. Speaking up about the concerns is easy once we've been victimized, but an ounce of prevention is truly worth a pound of cure.

We can make our voice heard on the matter of prison privileges for inmates and help those who have already become victims put a stop to criminals' ability to continue their crimes against society through the use of technology.

Together, our voices can call authorities and owners of social media businesses to account. We can be the motivation behind the needed change.

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    • Hyphenbird profile image

      Brenda Barnes 6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Many inmates realize that they made this great mistake and repent. Others continue to be a menace and abuse every privilege. It is sad for all especially the victims.

      Great Hub with lots to think on.

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      poorconservative1 6 years ago

      I'm so glad you posted this Hub. I'm so sick of hearing how bad life is for convicts. They're locked up for a reason. One of the biggest problems we have is all the liberal judges and lawyers that we have in our system. BTW, the ACLU is anything but civil.



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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      This is a very important hub and something I had not considered. I absolutely do not think prisoners should have access to Facebook. I was a victim of abuse and stalking but the person didn't end up in prison. I would hate the thought that he could find me through Facebook. The ACLU actions never surprised me.

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      Bail Up ! 6 years ago

      You know I have seen FB profiles of prisoners and wondered how on earth they were allowed to log on. My first thought was that some correctional institutions were more permissive than others but the smuggled phones did not occur to me. I really think it is a dangerous thing, kudos to Rep Gilliard for recognizing it and trying to do something about it.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey


      It is a wonderful thing when criminals allow the process they go through in our legal system work to help them make turn from wrong choices and learn to make right choices. It is a very sad thing when wrong behavior continues. It is obvious that the particular criminal in this news article is continuing to do what he knows is wrong. His victims are not the only ones who will suffer for it if he is allowed to continue. And that is just one of the criminals abusing "privileges."

      Thanks so much for stopping by. Your input via this comment section is important to the dialogue.

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