A lawsuit was filed today in federal court on behalf of a registrant who is on parole in order to challenge a parole condition that prohibits him from accessing all social media. Defendants in the case include the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), the Secretary of CDCR and his parole officer.
“Many registrants on parole are unlawfully being denied access to social media,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci. “The courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, have determined that similar denials violate the First Amendment.”
The plaintiff in this case resides in the City of Los Angeles and was convicted of a sex offense in 2008. He was sentenced to prison and is currently on parole in the state of California. The plaintiff did not use any part of the internet, including social media, to commit his offense.
According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff wishes to use social media in order to share the music he creates as well as to communicate with others his political issues including the right to vote. Social media is “perhaps the most powerful mechanism available to a private citizen to make his or her voice be heard”, according to the U.S. Supreme Court.
“The rights of all registrants to access social media is the focus of the case filed today,” stated ACSOL President Chance Oberstein.