Warden Dismisses Oklahoma Inmate's 'Facebook Charge'
HOLDENVILLE, Oklahoma - An Oklahoma prison warden has dismissed a charge levied at an inmate for allegedly operating a Facebook page from behind bars.
Charles Jordan has been in prison for 13 years.
Jordan's family says they set up a Facebook account and use it as an informational page to post his letters and to keep friends and family updated on his status. The family claims Jordan was granted parole, then he was told he would remain in lockup because officials believed he was running the Facebook page.
After our story was broadcast on Wednesday, the CCA Davis Correctional Facility in Holdenville dismissed the charge.
"As a follow-up, the warden completed his review of the disciplinary charge/hearing, which again is standard protocol under OKDOC's disciplinary process and policies. As a result of that review, the warden has dismissed the charge," a spokesperson said in an email to News On 6.
It isn't uncommon for inmates to gain possession of illegal cell phones in prison to text or use the Internet, which results in disciplinary measures.
However, Jordan's family maintains that while he is in prison for crimes he committed, he did nothing wrong when it comes to Facebook.
"He doesn't know how to do Facebook, doesn't have the password, doesn't know the log in," sister Charlene Jordan said. "It's got his name on it and his picture but it's ours; it's our family's."
She asked the prison to compare the timestamps of the social media posts with surveillance video footage of her brother in the facility during those times.