Prison Inmates Post Group Selfie on Facebook from Prison Van

Prison Inmates Post Group Selfie on Facebook from Prison Van
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Can prison inmates post a selfie on Facebook? One should hope not. However, Shane Holbrook, who is currently being held in custody in Western Regional Jail, West Virginia, for armed robbery and assault, had somehow managed to post 3 selfies on Facebook!


Telegraph reports that the 27-year-old inmate was being transferred back to prison from a court hearing when he managed to get his hands on a mobile phone and took a selfie of himself three times and his co-inmates of the van and post them on Facebook. Ever since the news got out, internet and social media have been blowing up in fury over the lapse in law enforcement and allowing convicted felons to get such privileges.

“We were just trying to have a good time in jail. We’re already here, why be miserable?” Shane told WVAH. “I said hi to a couple of people to let everyone know I was doing all right — family and friends.”

He further justified his action by adding that he intended to focus on the “positive” and not “dwell on the negative”. However, the question of how he managed to get his hands on a mobile device still remains a mystery, as Shane avoided giving any direct answer when asked this question: “Let’s just say I found it. It was within my reach.”

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When CNET contacted The West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, they made the following statement:

“The West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority requires pat-downs of all individuals when they enter its custody, as part of the agency’s zero tolerance policy against contraband. The incident in question remains under investigation. The device at issue was confiscated before the inmates entered the Western Regional Jail.”

While states like Texas have already banned convicts and prisoners from accessing social media such as Facebook and Twitter, it is yet not sure whether Shane Holbrook and his fellow inmates would be prosecuted in any manner for this incident.

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