En­cour­age prison­ers to use so­cial me­dia

The Guardian - Journal - - Letters -

The Min­istry of Jus­tice could take a more imag­i­na­tive ap­proach to the ac­cess­ing of so­cial me­dia by prison­ers (Prison chiefs strug­gle to con­trol use of so­cial me­dia by in­mates, 10 July). Prison­ers could be en­cour­aged to use Face­book and Skype to main­tain fam­ily ties. Prison ed­u­ca­tion classes could be used to de­velop so­cial me­dia pro­grammes around prison life. The MoJ now ac­cepts that in-cell tele­phones will help keep and im­prove fam­ily life. Wider ac­cess to so­cial me­dia could also as­sist in this, and demon­strate creativ­ity with re­gard to ap­proaches to re­ha­bil­i­ta­tive works and ed­u­ca­tion. Per­haps the MoJ’s hos­til­ity is be­cause lit­tle of this has sur­vived the aus­ter­ity axe and all most prison­ers could presently show on so­cial me­dia is 23-hour bang-up and the wide­spread use of spice, all en­livened by the oc­ca­sional riot. Nick Moss


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