Court Says Paroled Sex Offenders Can’t Use Social Media

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httpTRENTON – Paroled sex offenders don’t have the right to use Facebook, LinkedIn, or other online social networking tools, according to a New Jersey appellate court ruling.

A three-judge panel determined that allowing paroled sex offenders to use those communication tools represented too great a risk to the public, and specifically children. The decision upheld a rule by the state Parole Board that prevents sex offenders from accessing social media services.

Two unnamed parolees challenged the rule, alleging that it was a violation of their right to free speech.

The court did allow people to ask the Parole Board for individual exemptions “for work or other reasonable purpose.”


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