State Representative Wendell Gilliard of Charleston has proposed a bill to outlaw social networking for state inmates. The bill says–
Nobody on the inside can have access to any type or form of media on the outside as to have an account, whether it be Facebook, Twitter, etc.
Under the proposal, Gilliard says violators would face up to 30 days in jail and/or a $500 fine. He says it’s not just inmates that would get charged.
If anybody from the outside tried to get an account for an inmate for whatever reason, as far as a social network is concerned, then that person will be penalized also.
Before he proposed the bill, Gilliard says he did some research and found–
The inmates are using social media as to, number one, use coded messages to get their friends to strike back and he never put that person behind bars. They use coded messages as to tell people where his money, or things along that line, might be.
Gilliard says many people are unaware that inmates would even have access to Facebook, or those of the like. But, he says–welcome to modern day technology.
We as legislators, we must keep up with the pace. When we see it’s making it comfortable for criminals, then we need to act. Yes, it’s going to be an uphill battle, but I’ve never been one to just stand idle and watch people fall by the wayside, innocent people, when we know the criminals have the upper hand.
Gilliard introduced the bill, H3527, in the House last week. It was then referred to the Judiciary Committee.