Jailbook to be slammed shut

By Lawyers Weekly|03 March 2012

Maintaining your Facebook status from inside the slammer may soon be impossible if the NSW Government has its way. It seems the Keneally Government is keen to cut back on the wall updates,…

Maintaining your Facebook status from inside the slammer may soon be impossible if the NSW Government has its way.

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It seems the Keneally Government is keen to cut back on the wall updates, poking, profile shots and photo sharing of some of the state's most notorious prisoners and is considering introducing legislation banning the creation of such profiles on behalf of prisoners.

As reported in the Sydney Morning Herald, Corrective Services Minister Phil Costa is planning to have prisoners' profiles removed from Facebook after claims that some inmates of SuperMax prison, where the country's worst criminals are kept, have a social media presence.

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It is believed that family and friends manage the profiles, helping prisoners to stay connected to the outside world.

In an example of how prisoners are using the site, a Facebook profile of SuperMax prisoner Konstantinos Georgiou was updated yesterday with a prediction that Corrective Services would try to close his account.

But Costa wasn't having any of it, saying he would ask the commissioner of Corrective Services, Ron Woodham, to investigate how other states managed inmates' online presence.

"Let me be very clear about this fact: inmates serving custodial sentences in this state do not have access to the internet," he told SMH.

"I have asked the commissioner to do two things: investigate how this issue has been managed in other jurisdictions; and contact Facebook directly to see if these pages can be shut down."

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