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Special Report: Facebook Felons

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The Mississippi Department of Corrections is also coming under fire from another angle. Fox 40 has learned that inmates Inside correctional facilities  not only have access to social media, but they're using cell phones to communicate with the outside world. 

We found one inmate, convicted of murder, who'd gone so far as to use his Facebook page to boost book sales for a book he'd written behind bars. 
We've chosen not to mention his name, because our goal is not to help him sell books, but rather to understand how he's able to do so much behind the bars of the Mississippi State Penitentiary.

Imagine logging on to your Facebook account and seeing the face of a convicted killer. Even worse, when the killer is the man who murdered your sister. And though he's locked up, he's still haunting you via social media.

"I don't want to have wake up and see him," said Valerie Green. "I mean, he's there for a reason. But at the same time, like I said, I'm not the only one." 

Green's sister was murdered in 2001. Her sister's killer is locked up, serving a life sentence plus 30 years. 

But thanks to a cell phone inside his jail cell, he's able maintain a Facebook page and stay active.

Photos show him, post work out, flexing in his cell, and Posing with other inmates.

"I've contacted Victim Services Coordinator for the Dept of Corrections, and they'll take it down, but it comes back up," said Green. So, for me its like, what's the point?"

Adding insult to injury, he's also written a book. He's selling it on Amazon for $2.99, and promoting it via his Facebook page. 

The book chronicles the life of a man, recently released from prison, who is trying to reclaim his 'top spot' in the drug game. 

The book was published in July of 2014 and according to his Facebook page, a second novel is in the works.

We contacted the Department of Corrections about this story. We wanted to know how a prisoner, in Parchman, was able to access a cell phone. 
write novels and stay in connect with friends and family via social media. 

MDOC refused our request for an interview. 

We reached out to local sheriffs to find out how they keep contraband and items like cell phones out of prisoners hands. 

"When you think about it as a sheriff," said Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey. "If they can sneak a cell phone in, they can sneak a weapon in. So you look at your officers' safety."

He admits it can be a problem, especially when items like cell phones can go for hundreds of dollars inside the prison walls.

"If you come up here and try and slip someone some contraband, we're going to charge you for it," said Sheriff Bailey. "And if I have an employee that wants to make some extra money on the side doing it, he's going to end up in my jail, in the same jail he's watching over. I'll lock him up in a heart beat for it."

When Valerie Green's sister was killed, she left behind two small children. Now that she knows her sister's killer is trying to make money off of online book sales, Valerie plans to ensure that those profits are used for the benefit of her sisters' children.

"It could be income substitution for them, maybe help them with college education,"  said Valerie. "Whatever it can do for my parents and them, I think it needs to be done, and I will make sure that it gets done."

Valerie Green now works as an advocate for Domestic Abuse Victims. She's a facilitator at Haven House, in Vicksburg, and uses her sister's experience to help other women get out of harms way.

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