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