NJ Appellate Court rules internet ban unconstitutional

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      By Mike Desk . . . SOMERVILLE – A state appellate court ruled on Monday that it is unconstitutional to ban a convicted sexual offender from using the
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      Derek

      So can SO go on Facebook now? I haven’t been able to use it because I thought we were banned from doing so even though it isn’t a condition of probation.

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      @Derek

      No, FB is a private company that can set their policy for users. This states those acting as gatekeepers for those in their charge as parolees cannot be restricted as such was at the time. These people are acting on behalf of the gov’t and cannot keep people from away from the internet as they were is what the court said. They can limit with conditions certain aspects of internet use, e.g. contacting minors, but not overall blocking.

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      Arnold

      FB TOS says that you cannot use FB if you are a convicted sex offender. Otherwise, it’s my understanding that it’s up to local rules. At any rate, FB supposedly checks with state registries and will terminate your membership if you are on it, though I’ve known those who have used FB without problems. Personally, I’d say let FB die because of its policies. I understand the appeal, but I have no interest in supporting a company with such hurtful rules.

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      Perry

      Personally, I don’t use FB. Don’t care about it at all, and hope it destroys itself.

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      Mona Cavalcoli

      I would like to see action taken to allow those currently incarcerated on sexual offenses to be allowed to use email to communicate with family. These systems are controlled, and I assume monitored, by either the BPO or by the 3rd party software vendor that manages (e.g. CorrLinks); so it seems like another over-the-top restriction that just blankets a large population of inmates and is another roadblock to families communicating easily with their loved ones. Why is an internal monitored email system any different from snail mail? Has NARSOL or any other group that you are aware of (Maybe ACLU) ever pursued any action on this?

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