Lowcountry State Representative Wendell Gilliard doesn't want inmates using Facebook or other social networking sites, nor does he want third parties setting up Facebook pages for them, which is why he's sponsored H 3527, to outlaw the use of social networking sites by prison inmates. Looking at the list of co-sponsors, it looks like it's picking up a wide range of bi-partisan support in the House.
In talking with Charleston TV 4 News recently, Lori Teseniar, the stepmother of Christopher Teseniar, who was murdered in 2007 by Michael Maxwell, who showed up on Facebook, voiced her support for this bill:
They're using this form of technology as a form of intimidation, solicitation, to talk to other prisoners. It should never happen.
We've discussed this issue before and agree with Gailliar, Teseniar and others who want this stopped. While this bill won't likely end the problem, it's certainly a step in the right direction and legislators should support it.