Ask any death row inmate to name their pet peeves, and boredom will show up at the top of every list. To help fill those long, dull hours, lawmakers are experimenting with new prison-themed social media applications.
The first program to hit the cell block is called Jailbook, which allows inmates to network and share moments from their daily lives. Users can connect with other prisoners who are categorized as friends, family, or accomplices, and then post status updates about visits from their lawyers, last-minute appeals, and other fun events. Jailbook friends can like a post or—if they find it distasteful or offensive—choose to shank the user who posted it. The beta version of the program crashed after a flurry of impulsive shanks from the test group, but technicians are working hard to fix the problem.
A second application, called Snitcher, allows inmates to rat on their fellow prisoners in 140 characters or less. Again, an overwhelming amount of shanking has interrupted the beta test.