May 18, 2011 5:55 AM by Nichole Larkey & AP

Lousiana Senate backs ban on prisoners using Facebook

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State prisoners would be banned from
using social networking sites like Facebook, if the Louisiana House
agrees to a proposal backed by the state Senate.
Delhi Sen. Francis Thompson, a Democrat, calls his bill a bid to
end inappropriate use of Internet sites.
The only person to vote against the proposal, Democratic Sen.
Karen Carter Peterson of New Orleans, called the proposal
unnecessary, saying wardens and prison guards already have the
ability to stop any improper use of online sites.
The Senate voted 31-1 Tuesday for Thompson's bill, sending it to
the House for debate. Violation of the law would carry a sentence
of up to 30 days in prison and a maximum fine of $500.


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