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California inmates use phones to update their Facebook accounts

Posted: , by John V.

California inmates use phones to update their Facebook accounts
Sometimes you really just need to scratch your head when you hear about how incarcerated inmates in prisons are still able to contact the outside world thanks to phones, but in addition to that, some are surprisingly using it for updating their Facebook accounts.

In fact, thousands of inmates in California have access to some sort of contraband phone that they use to update their Facebook accounts. Now, it has become such a severe problem that the state of California is actually reaching out to Facebook in the hopes of having those specific accounts closed down.

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Secretary, Matthew Cate, said  “Access to social media allows inmates to circumvent our monitoring process and continue to engage in criminal activity.” Furthermore, he stated that “this new cooperation between law enforcement and Facebook will help protect the community and potentially avoid future victims.”

Of course, not all inmates are using it for some sort of nefarious purpose, but rather, some are simply using it to what the popular social networking site is all about – keeping in touch with friends and family naturally. Still, the negatives outweigh the majority of things seeing that one particular inmate used it to harass a victim.

source: CDCR via Textually & NBC Bay Area

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posted on 09 Aug 2011, 15:02 3

4. rican (Posts: 132; Member since: 02 Jul 2011)


damn you, you beat me to the comment

posted on 09 Aug 2011, 15:09 5

6. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4208; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


lol I was like what on Earth are people posting from jail. I was like, you got to be kidding me! lol

posted on 09 Aug 2011, 15:22

9. rican (Posts: 132; Member since: 02 Jul 2011)


lol same here

posted on 09 Aug 2011, 23:05

18. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


I was like OMG you talk like a 12 year old girl.

posted on 10 Aug 2011, 09:01 1

20. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4208; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


taco50 you are the one who talks like a girl. You typed O.M.G. When you talk to people I bet you say O.M.G. too huh? What is this week you are concentrating on how I speak? Every post to type something on who I write. What you are my personal English teacher! lol Thanks but no thanks. Remember you are rich because you have an iPhone. Don't belittle yourself. lol The only 12 year old girl is you, most people on PhoneArena.com would agree.

posted on 09 Aug 2011, 14:58

2. downphoenix (Posts: 2358; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


how about just confiscating the phones? They can just create new accounts if these accounts are closed.

posted on 09 Aug 2011, 15:04

5. rican (Posts: 132; Member since: 02 Jul 2011)


easier said then done its just like cigarrettes and drugs, they confiscate 2 and they will have 4 to replace them

posted on 09 Aug 2011, 15:43

10. TheFunnyMan (Posts: 77; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)


Like rican said, its easier said than done. Don't you think the fine folks in the California Corrections system would have tried that? its about as easy as ensuring there arent any weapons on the yard. And there are always weapons on the yard

posted on 09 Aug 2011, 15:14 2

7. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4208; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Damn NASTY! lol Bubba's like don't worry the burning WILL go away! GROSS! lol
Dibbo is like Barry from Dinner for Schmucks......"I have Gonorrhea"
lol

posted on 09 Aug 2011, 15:16

8. rican (Posts: 132; Member since: 02 Jul 2011)


lmao i would pay to see their status and comments, s**t even their profile pics

posted on 09 Aug 2011, 16:25

11. Pings (Posts: 301; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Lol I know of some... never mind

posted on 09 Aug 2011, 16:46

12. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


Phone arena blew it right here> "Of course, not all inmates are using it for some sort of nefarious purpose, but rather, some are simply using it to what the popular social networking site is all about – keeping in touch with friends and family naturally."

posted on 09 Aug 2011, 17:50 3

13. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


-lil Joker just checked in.. san Quentin-....

tagged teardrop, pako loko and 2 others...

posted on 09 Aug 2011, 19:22 2

14. mannyfs (Posts: 63; Member since: 11 Feb 2011)


lol, how stOOpid. i know someone who has a phone in jail but taking it to the extemes and using it for facebooking,, lmao. its just hilarious, as if there was anything to post. or even for just watching other peoples profiles, it would be depressing seeing everyone having fun and being free while theyre stock in there getting raped as we speak. hope they have access to phonearena maybe theyre already checking out what phone theyre gonna get!

posted on 09 Aug 2011, 22:05

16. homineyhominey (Posts: 29; Member since: 10 Mar 2011)


fulano hates being raped at shower. I'll take my rage out during yard. Hopefully the food is better today.

posted on 09 Aug 2011, 23:50

19. Ed (unregistered)


Not saying I think prisoners should be able to use Facebook but it is an intriguing situation, most inmates have little to no contact with law-abiding citizens and I'd imagine that most using Facebook would be using it to keep in touch with those outside of the prison walls...which would probably be more beneficial relations than those made on the inside.

But, who would have thought putting millions of criminals together in a small facility would create millions of even more deviant citizens upon release...interesting paradigm.

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