Social Networking & Communication Devices
Inmates are not allowed to have social networking accounts (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, etc.) while incarcerated in the ADOC. Such accounts are a security violation. When they are discovered, ADOC immediately makes a request to the pertinent social networking site to shut the account down and takes appropriate internal actions.
Per Alabama Code § 14-11-70 (2013), no inmate in the custody of the Department of Corrections or city and county jails shall establish or maintain an account on any Internet-based social networking website, which means an Internet-based website that has any of the following capabilities: 1.) allows users to create web pages or profiles about themselves that are available to the general public or to any other users, 2.) offers a mechanism for communication among users, such as a forum, chat room, electronic mail, or instant messaging. Any inmate or other person working in conjunction with a state correction’s inmate who violates this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500).
Further, per Alabama Code § 14-11-50 (2012), it is a Class C felony for inmates to possess a cell phone, wireless communication device or computer. Likewise, it is also a Class C felony for a person to possess with the intent to deliver or to deliver such devices to inmates.
If you suspect or know of an inmate in violation of these policies, or if you suspect or know of someone delivering communication devices to inmates, please report the suspicious activity or website to ADOC's I&I Division by clicking here to send us an email or by submitting the Investigation Request Form here.