BRANDON -- Not even walls, razor wire and restricted Internet access will stop them from updating their Facebook status.
Two men awaiting their days in court -- one pending on charges of robbery and aggravated assault, and another pending on a violent home invasion -- are among the inmates who manage to keep their status up to date even while inside the Brandon Correctional Centre.
"Whats up chillin in jail still hi to all my family and friends," states one unedited post from the Facebook page of a man charged with robbery, assault, and unlawful confinement.
A Manitoba Justice spokesperson said the department can’t comment on the conduct of specific inmates.
However, she said that, in general, inmates don’t have open access to the Internet or social media sites, and cellphones are forbidden within inmate areas in the jail.
So, they use their land-line phone privileges, mail, and in-person visits to get relatives and loved-ones to update their social media sites.
The man accused of robbery, for instance, uses Facebook to keep friends up to date with his court dates.
"What’s up all, next court day is on the the 18th hope to get bail…," reads one post made on Tuesday.
Other posts supply updates on his activities while in custody:
"Had a good visit chilling out watching TV going to make a burrito jail style."
The comments feature allows friends to renew acquaintances even during incarceration.
"Whats up… hows it goin where have u been n what u up too," one poster asks the accused.
"In jail up to nothing," the inmate responds.
"Didn’t know u get Facebook in jail well s--t aint you guys just spoiled," another poster writes.
He’s not the only BCC inmate who’s been known to use social media to reach out to buddies on the outside.
One series of posts was made on behalf of a man who was at the jail while pending on charges related to a gang-related home invasion.
His posts read like a diary.
In August 2012: "Brandon correctional centre 375 veterans way brandon mb r7c 0b1 holla at ur bro."
"Lookn @7yrs stonytime fer f--sakes," another post stated, apparently in reference to the potential sentence he faced.
The next month, followed a post of optimism: "Might be getting out in a couple of months might beat my charges."
Ultimately, though, he pleaded guilty to break and enter to commit robbery with violence and was sentenced to six years in prison minus one year time served.