Revelations today of a website used by jailed Victorian criminals to broadcast their opinions to the world through social media is the latest example of Victoria’s failing corrections system.
The Andrews Labor Government has been promising to crack down on jailhouse social media since the stabbing of prisoner Tony Mokbel in February this year, when Russell Street bomber Craig Minogue was able to relay tweets about the incident within minutes of it occurring.
Despite this promised crackdown, prisoners are continuing to flaunt their antics on social media – including hundreds of threatening posts made from the Facebook account of alleged police basher, Jay Stephens, and the attempted establishment of a Twitter account by Bourke Street killer, James Gargasoulas.
The ongoing abuse of social media by prisoners makes a mockery of victims, their families and the Victorian corrections system.
The Andrews Labor Government has so far failed to stop jailhouse social media abuse so Daniel Andrews must now step up and act to ensure there are real consequences for prisoners accessing social media.
Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Corrections, David Southwick:
“Prison is not some kind of holiday vacation where you can share your experiences with the rest of the world via social media.”
“Facebook updates, tweets and other posts from within prison make a mockery of Victoria’s correctional system, and begs the question, who is actually running Victoria’s prisons?”