Should Prisoners Be Able To Receive Printouts Of Facebook Pages?

By David Cohen 

It’s no news that Facebook and prison are not a good mix. According to the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals, printouts of pages from the social network fit that bill, as well.

CNET reported that Mark Nixon, an inmate at the Mahanoy prison, an all-male, medium-security prison in Schuylkill County, Pa., filed a federal civil rights lawsuit after prison officials rules that printouts of Facebook pages sent via U.S. Mail were “unacceptable correspondence.”

The court agreed with the prison officials, according to CNET, ruling that:

Inmates’ right to receive and send mail can be restricted for legitimate penological interests.

The ruling went on to say that not having access to printouts from Facebook did not affect Nixon’s “ability to access the courts to challenge his sentence or conditions of confinement,” and that the incident he filed suit over was “a single, isolated interference with his personal mail.”

CNET reported that Nixon will likely have to wait until September 2013 to rejoin Facebook’s 1 billion-plus monthly average users, citing a page from Prisoner Assistant.

Readers: Which side do you believe is correct in this dispute?

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