Inmates Get Years and Years in Solitary for Updating Facebook

February 13, 2015 at 7:39 pm Leave a comment

Thinkprogress  reports

Almost 400 inmates in South Carolina have spent time in solitary confinement for using social media websites, a violation the state Department of Corrections defines as equal to murdering or raping a fellow inmate, according to an Electronic Frontier Foundation investigation.

The digital rights group discovered through a public information request that prison officials have filed more than 400 disciplinary actions against prisoners who were found to be using cellphones smuggled behind bars to access Facebook or who gave their personal account information to friends or family to update their accounts. And since 2012, the South Carolina Department of Corrections has defined “creating and/or assisting with a social networking site” as a Level 1 offense, punishable by solitary confinement or the removal of privileges like phone access or visitation time.

Each time an inmate accesses Facebook is counted as a separate Level 1 violation, which leads to excessive punishments like inmates being put in isolation for years at a time, the report said.

Can somebody please tell me why an inmate is going to get 37 YEARS in Solitary Confinement for just updating a social media site.   Unless the person was explicitly involved in gang activity, the maximum sanction should be 90 days in segregation.

Yeah, the South as some real backward policies when it comes to prison.  I am not saying that California is not any better because we have many problems with inmates in long-term solitary confinement.  Face it New York had engaged in far worse solitary confinement practices which resulted in one person’s death because of overheating from the jail cell.

Still, this needs to brought to the South Carolina Department’s Correction and revising the policy to flat ninety days in administrative segregation and lose of ninety days of good time than the current policy.   If this continues, I would consider the case is an example of cruel and unusual punishment and should be investigated by US Department of Justice

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