Facebook is supporting a bill currently before the California legislature that, if passed, would give children in juvenile detention facilities and foster care homes the right to internet access.
The bill, AB 811, would require that kids in the system be allowed to send and receive unopened mail and make and receive confidential phone calls, as well as have access to the internet for education and staying in touch with family members.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is also backing the bill.
If the bill passes, it’ll be an important step towards expanding internet access for inmates throughout California.
The UN has considered internet access a human right since 2011, but prisoners in adult and juvenile detention often aren’t allowed to get online.
That makes reentry difficult—imagine trying to integrate back into today’s society after spending years in prison and never interacting with a touchscreen.