Glenn Smith Takes a Victory Lap
We won’t bother linking to it, but Glenn Smith at the fish-wrap of record for Propaganda & Criminals gives himself a pat on the back for writing an article or two about SCDC inmates using the internet behind bars. He does this while reporting on the sadly flawed and insufficient new state law forbidding inmates from using social media while incarcerated.
Glenn fails to mention the glaring flaw in the statute. As we read the law, a crime is only committed if an inmate or their proxy on the outside uses Facebook to contact, harass or intimidate a crime victim. As long as an inmate does not do one of those three things he or she can have as many accounts on social media sites as they want. This law only treats a possible symptom of the disease in our prison system while leaving the root cause untouched.
The law does nothing to address the issue of the contraband cell phones behind bars through which the inmates access the internet and social media. Until some legislator decides to step up with something other than ‘feel good’ legislation and put some serious penalties on possession of that contraband, nothing will change. Until these criminals and their suppliers are hit with penalties amounting to YEARS behind bars SCDC will continue to tell inquisitive taxpayers the issue of inmate discipline can’t be discussed due to the inmate’s “right to privacy”. Does anyone else think that is a huge crock of shit?
By the way, for those of you who only recently joined us, Charleston Thug Life has exposed this problem frequently and repeatedly. Not only have we exposed those inmates, but we kept going back to check on them. We still do. We think we have outed more inmates since 31 March than Glenn Smith has in both of the articles he wrote on the issue. And we presented considerably more evidence in the process. Just sayin’.