I was on snaptu on my Blackberry doing my nightly ritual of reading blogs when I saw “Should Convicts Lose The Right To Go On Facebook?” which is on Jezebel. In the post they talk about how convicts get on facebook using cellphones that have been smuggled in. Apparently, inmates are doing more then updating their statuses, like threatening their victims. I have never been arrested in my life and some questions popped up in my head while reading this article.
The first being, how does someone smuggle anything into a prison…pause, I know how they do it but, I mean how is it possible they get past guards? You would think that with all the smugglings going on the prison’s would up their security to cavity searches or body X-Rays, I mean something. Ok maybe, the problem lies in costs of running a prison, well how about no more visitations then? Obviously it is a problem that isn’t be dealt with in California alone last year they confiscated 11,000 cell phones. That is outrageous!!!
The second thing I got to thinking about was, in the article they talk about the convicts rights. David Fathi, director of the ACLU’s (American Civil Liberties Union) National Prison Project, said that “inmates shouldn’t be allowed to have cell phones, but if they do obtain an illegal device, they should be able to do what they want online.”
Ok so a person does a crime, gets convicted of this crime, and still thinks they have rights while they are incarcerated? Seriously?? How is it possible that we think criminals should still be treated the same as law-abiding citizens? The way I see it they are in jail for breaking the law, some may not be too bad but, many are horrendous acts that got them put there. I don’t think those people should be allowed to have the same freedoms as someone who takes care to follow laws and not hurt others.I just can’t grasp it at all. It will be interesting to see how they solve this problem though.