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Offline Matthew

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In prison, using Facebook is a crime on par with murder or rape
« on: February 20, 2015, 12:17:13 PM »
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  • Prisoner in South Carolina Sentenced to 37 Years in Isolation for Using Facebook

    February 18th, 2015
    Via: EFF:
    In the South Carolina prison system, accessing Facebook is an offense on par with murder, rape, rioting, escape and hostage-taking.
    Back in 2012, the South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) made “Creating and/or Assisting With A Social Networking Site” a Level 1 offense [PDF], a category reserved for the most violent violations of prison conduct policies. It’s one of the most common Level 1 offense charges brought against inmates, many of whom, like most social network users, want to remain in contact with friends and family in the outside world and keep up on current events. Some inmates ask their families to access their online accounts for them, while many access the Internet themselves through a contraband cell phone (possession of which is yet another Level 1 offense).
    Through a request under South Carolina’s Freedom of Information Act, EFF found that, over the last three years, prison officials have brought more than 400 disciplinary cases for “social networking”—almost always for using Facebook. The offenses come with heavy penalties, such as years in solitary confinement and deprivation of virtually all privileges, including visitation and telephone access. In 16 cases, inmates were sentenced to more than a decade in what’s called disciplinary detention, with at least one inmate receiving more than 37 years in isolation.
    The sentences are so long because SCDC issues a separate Level 1 violation for each day that an inmate accesses a social network. An inmate who posts five status updates over five days, would receive five separate Level 1 violations, while an inmate who posted 100 updates in one day would receive only one.

    In other words, if a South Carolina inmate caused a riot, took three hostages, murdered them, stole their clothes, and then escaped, he could still wind up with fewer Level 1 offenses than an inmate who updated Facebook every day for two weeks.
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    Offline JezusDeKoning

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    In prison, using Facebook is a crime on par with murder or rape
    « Reply #1 on: February 22, 2015, 11:53:36 AM »
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  • I can see why they'd have qualms with inmates using facebook snd other internet social paraphernalia - maybe they see it as a way to plot escapes or something, but 37 years in prison is too harsh for that. That's more than certain types of non-legal, non-defensive murder in most states.
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    Offline Elizabeth

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    In prison, using Facebook is a crime on par with murder or rape
    « Reply #2 on: February 27, 2015, 12:59:38 PM »
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  •  :cry:  Christ have mercy.

    Offline Viva Cristo Rey

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    In prison, using Facebook is a crime on par with murder or rape
    « Reply #3 on: February 28, 2015, 10:59:14 AM »
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  • The jails and prisons today are country clubs for criminals.

    They shouldn't have any computers.  Most jails and prisons have better libraries and gym equipment then most public schools.  They have free top quality medical while homeless Veterans get and the rest of us are paying top dollar for medical.  

    They get Masses and visitations from NO clergy while people in nursing homes are neglected.

    There would be less need for prisons if they allowed Christ back and the 10 commandments back in schools.



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    Offline Marlelar

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    In prison, using Facebook is a crime on par with murder or rape
    « Reply #4 on: February 28, 2015, 03:59:18 PM »
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    want to remain in contact with friends and family in the outside world

    What's wrong with writing letters?

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    keep up on current events
     What !@#@$@!

    The physically able should be working 9+ hrs a day doing something productive.  No need to be "current" on events in the outside world.  Letters from home should be enough.

    No special treatment.  No computers, no phones, no gym, no kosher meals, no halal meats. No sex change operations!

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