Reaching out from death row
ryanborja | July 14, 2008 at 09:50 pmby
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Scores of California's most notorious convicts have pen-pal postings and personalized Web pages. Civil libertarians applaud the development as the exercise of free speech; victims' rights advocates say
Prisoners are barred from direct computer access that officials say could allow them to threaten witnesses or orchestrate crimes. Thanks to supporters and commercial services, however, many of the state's 673 condemned inmates now have pen-pal postings and personalized Web pages with their writings, artwork and photos of themselves -- often accompanied by declarations of innocence and pleas for friendship and funds.