TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A New Jersey state appeals court on Tuesday ruled that paroled sex offenders can be barred from Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and other social networking platforms.
Offenders had gone to court to challenge that restriction, saying social networks are important ways to get news, information and find business opportunities.
But a three-judge panel ruled Tuesday that the offenders can be kept off social network as a term of parole. The judges say the restriction is in place to keep them from having “unwholesome interactive discussions” with potential victims.
New Jersey Superior Court Judge Jack Sabatino wrote in the ruling that while sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn have uses beyond “interactive communications with third parties,” the Parole Board still has to make rules that balance offenders’ interests with public safety, the Star-Ledger reported.
In the same ruling, the judges found parole officers can also require offenders to submit to polygraph tests.
A similar law has been in place since 2008 in New York state.
Under that law, sex offenders registered with the state must provide all their screen names and e-mail addresses, with regular updates. The information is sent to two dozen social networking sites which then block the offenders.
You May Also Be Interested In These Stories
- New York Court Expands Definition Of Parenthood
- State Department: FBI Recovers 30 Emails That May Be Related To Benghazi Attack From Clinton’s Private Server
- Singer Chris Brown Goes On Instagram Rant After Police Swarm His LA Home
- ISIS Says Second-In-Command Killed In Northern Syria
(TM and © Copyright 2013 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2013 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)