With more than 1 million people in Texas currently in prison, on parole, or on probation, and some 40,000 employees working in prisons in the state, the law of averages dictates that some prison employees, guards, and parole officers were bound to be Facebook friends with convicts, so it is no longer a cause for termination in the state.
A new Louisiana law aimed at sex offenders mandates that they must identify their criminal status on Facebook and other social media sites. The lawmaker who signed the bill, which goes into effect Aug. 1, hopes that other states will consider similar procedures.
Want to find out if someone got arrested? There’s a Facebook app for that.
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is cracking down on inmates attempting to maintain Facebook accounts.
Mattew LaCroix was arrested last December after it was discovered he set up a fake Facebook page for his boss, A.T. Wall.
A real-life rape turned into an ugly Facebook turmoil after the rapist got mad at his victim for confronting him and asked his contacts if anyone would be willing to kill her. The police engaged with him through the social network and finally caught him before it was too late. 19-year-old Corey C. Adams now faces up to 22 years in prison.
South Carolina has proposed legislation that would make inmates caught accessing the social network via cell phone or computer pay a $500 fine and spend an extra month in jail.
The Virginia Department of Corrections just discovered that an inmate’s family outside of jail was updating the convict’s profile.
Alarming numbers of prison inmates have the ability to access Facebook via mobile devices, and corrections officials can’t confiscate the cell phones fast enough.