Inmate violates social media ban

CLAYTON, N.M. (KRQE) – He’s locked up and isn’t supposed to have a Facebook page. Now, an outraged mother is fed up after seeing pictures of the man who killed her son on social media time and time again.

Serving time means no social media.

“Inmates have no access to computers that have the Internet,” said Alex Tomlin with New Mexico Corrections Department. “You’re in prison to serve time for whatever you’ve done.”

For Eric ‘Snuff’ Aldaz, who’s been in and out of the system since he was a teen, there’s no exception.

“We’ve told him he needs to take down this Facebook page,” Tomlin said.

In fact, this isn’t the first time Aldaz has had a Facebook page since being put behind bars – it’s the third time. He’s even posted photos, although they were not taken in a New Mexico Corrections Department institution.

“What we see most often is a family member or a friend puts up a page for an inmate, but that’s still against policy,” Tomlin said.

It has one mother fired up.

She posted to the Chaves County Crime Stoppers Facebook saying her “son is in an urn” and that “it’s a crime” Aldaz has a Facebook page.

Back in 2007, her son, Jarrod Brackeen, was killed in Roswell. Aldaz, who was 17 years old at the time, confessed to shooting Brackeen in the neck. He got a two year sentence as a juvenile.

Now that he’s back behind bars for a laundry list of violent crimes, and posing for the camera, that mother is demanding something be done.

“Disciplinary sanctions range from a loss of good time, loss of family visit, maybe loss of property for a determined amount of days,” Tomlin said.

Corrections is working to get the page down and they’ve even reached out to Facebook.

The worry is social media being used to harass victims or relay coded messages to commit more crimes.

“We’re not trying to stop communication with inmates, but we want it done through the right channels,” Tomlin said.

They’re relying on the public to let them know when the rules are being broken.

“With 7,000 inmates, we’re constantly trying to stay ahead of the game.”

A disciplinary report has been filed against Aldaz. If these Facebook pages keep popping up, the severity of discipline will keep going up.

These kinds of things are only considered minor, however.

If a friend or family member is found to have been creating Facebook pages for an inmate, they won’t face charges. They can, however, be banned from making prison visits.

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