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October 24, 2008

Blogging Behind Bars

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Sending letters to convicted felons is nothing new; I’d have you ask Jeffrey MacDonald, Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy but they’re all burning in hell. So just take my word for it.

Psychopaths are not usually camera shy, and often have plenty to get off their chests. So wouldn’t a blog be the perfect venue for killers and creeps to torment their victims’ families?

I never really thought about it, but it’s come to my attention that some prisons actually permit prisoners to send e-mails (in turn making it possible to blog). The only catch is that they are not allowed to profit financially. But the publishers can laugh all the way to the bank.

You might have read about federal inmate No. 18330-424, Conrad Black, the former Canadian press baron convicted of defrauding his company’s newspapers. Found guilty of diverting funds for personal benefit and obstructing justice, the fallen financial maven was just published in Tina Brown’s The Daily Beast.

I understand this clown is rotting in a white-collar facility, but if we give our liars, crooks and thieves this right from behind bars, the murderers and rapists can’t be far behind.

What are your thoughts? Are you siding with freedom of speech or common sense? Should felons be permitted to blog from behind bars?

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