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Old 02-28-2012, 06:40 AM   #1
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Default New Alabama Bill. They Got 1 Right!!!

OMG OMG OMG this screwed up state actually got one right... there is a new bill going thru the house right now, that bans inmates from having access to social media, e.g., facebook, twitter, myspace, etc.....

this woman found her father's 2 convicted murderers on myspace and facebook and she's raising hell!! (dont blame her)




(WAFF)-In July of 2003, Evan Miller and Colby Smith murdered Cole Cannon in Cannon's Lawrence County home. Cannon's family said they were shocked to discover both Miller and Smith had social network pages while they are in prison.

"It's a security risk to the prison because inmates can still continue their criminal enterprise while incarcerated. They can order hits, they can contact victims," said Cannon's daughter, Candy Cheatem.

Miller's MySpace page, which has pictures of him that appear to have been taken in a cell, seems to have been taken down. But Smith's Facebook page is active under the name "CA Smith." A post by Smith was done by mobile phone after three in the morning.

"The hope is that they would be able to find the cell phones they're using to access those social networking sites," Cheatem said.

Cheatem contacted state legislators about inmates with social network pages.

Huntsville Representative Phil Williams sponsored a bill to make it a crime. House Bill 258 passed through the Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee and is on the House calendar. It could be voted on this week.

Backed by the Equal Justice Initiative group, Miller's sentencing is also at the center of a case headed to the U.S. Supreme Court. At the time of Cannon's murder, Smith was 16 years old and Miller was 14 years old. Smith received life in prison with the chance for parole, getting a lighter sentence because he provided information that aided the prosecution of Miller. Miller is sentenced to life in prison without parole. The Equal Justice Initiative argues that there should not be life without parole sentences for juveniles because it violates the U.S. Constitution as "cruel and unusual punishment."

The Alabama Supreme Court previously denied a new trial for Miller. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on March 20th. Cheatem said she will be there.

"It's important personally because my father is not here. My family is having to be the voice for him and it's important on a national level because this affects not only us, but other families who have lost loved ones at the hands of juveniles. Families will have to continue to go to parole hearings over and over again. It will be never-ending for the victims," she said.
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Old 02-28-2012, 06:42 AM   #2
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What the hell are they doing with access to social networking sites in the first place?! If schools can block those sites, prisons certainly can. That's ridiculous!
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Old 02-28-2012, 06:55 AM   #3
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they are saying that some are using cell phones....
but they have access to pcs in the 'law library' .. dont know why its not blocked!
they earn the right to go there to research for their case LOL

prisons say 'we dont monitor that but if someone tells us about it we'll investigate' WTF?
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Old 02-28-2012, 07:28 AM   #4
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how do you get a cell phone in prison? seriously.
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Old 02-28-2012, 07:48 AM   #5
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either sneak it in and hide it, or just use your visitors....
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NO kidding. This should have never been an issue to begin with. Well, at least they're fixing it.
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OK They need to have those things taken away ASAP...No wonder 90% or more end up going back...They have every right the rest of us have and they don't have to work for it...BS!!!
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