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Victim’s Family Outraged That Murderer Uses Facebook In Prison (Video)

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

The sister of a woman who was kidnapped and murdered by an Arkansas inmate says she is shocked to find the convict is taking photos and posting to Facebook from prison.

Doris Reeves says she was on Facebook earlier this year when she saw a post suggesting people she might know. It was the picture of inmate Joseph Kennedy, who was convicted of killing her younger sister Karen Yarbrough, wearing his prison uniform.

"The tattoo across the neck, it's really wide, the white t-shirt, it just clicked," she says.

Kennedy was arrested in June 2001 and sentenced to life plus 40 years.

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Reeves says she follows Kennedy’s status through the Department of Correction’s website, but says he has no right to use social media from jail.

“She loved people, she loved life,” she said of her sister.

"He didn't have to stab her 14 times, he didn't have to drag her with a car, he didn't have to beat her face off," she told KARK

Using an electronic device to post online is prohibited in jail.

"It just makes me angry," she said. "Something needs to be done. It needs to be monitored more."

"We are still investigating what happened in this case, it is obvious the inmate was able to get an electronic device and get on Facebook," Arkansas Department of Corrections spokesperson Shea Wilson told KARK.

Inmates are banned from using cell phones, but officers say they confiscate about 300 phones each year.

"We do routine sweeps of our prisons and we turn up all types of electronic devices," Wilson added.

"It would mean everything to me just to get it down," Reeves said.

Facebook says it hasn’t received any request from the Arkansas Department of Corrections to remove the page, the Daily Mail reported.

“If we receive a report from the department of corrections that an inmate is using Facebook in violation of local laws or the regulations of the prison facility, the page would be deactivated,” a Facebook spokesperson said.

The news comes just as a North Carolina father accused Facebook of rejecting a photograph of his infant son who is awaiting a heart transplant because they said the baby's image is too "gory."

Sources: KARK, Daily Mail

Image screenshot: KARK