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Dozens of Oklahoma inmates — some of them convicted murderers — have been active on Facebook from behind bars, even though it is against prison rules, an investigation by The Oklahoman found.
by Andrew Knittle and Nolan Clay Modified: September 22, 2013 at 11:01 pm •  Published: September 22, 2013

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Dozens of Oklahoma inmates — some of them convicted murderers — have been active on Facebook from behind bars, even though it is against prison rules, an investigation by The Oklahoman found.

Some inmates use their real names on the popular social-networking website, but others go by elaborate nicknames such as “Itzme Fbthaone Brown,” an armed robber's alias. Most get online through smuggled cellphones.

Sex offender Logan Lee used his real name on Facebook. In 2011, he declared online that he is single.

“NO GIRL CAN SAY THEY ARE WITH ME, ENID PEOPLE. Getting out in 1,584 days or less — hopefully!!” he wrote on his Facebook page.

Lee, 22, is in prison for raping an 11-year-old. He was punished after his Facebook use was discovered last year.

Inmates who get caught using Facebook can be disciplined for individual disruptive behavior. A common punishment is loss of good-behavior credits.

Since Jan. 1, 2012, almost three dozen inmates have been caught using Facebook, state Corrections Department records show.

The Oklahoman, though, discovered almost three dozen more inmates have been making comments and posting pictures on Facebook undetected by prison officials.

Reporters spent hundreds of hours on Facebook to find inmate users, primarily by their Facebook photos.

Many inmates put “selfies” online, photos of themselves taken by holding a cellphone camera away from their bodies.

One of the most prolific photo-takers is a convicted murderer, Clifford Putman, 26. He has more than 200 photos on Facebook dating to June 2012.

He wrote about his living conditions at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester during a 5 a.m. rant on Facebook in July 2012.

“Just done a year under ground in a cement cage and just got denied to leave and now i got to do a nother whole year down here next to death row cauSE i wont live with no one but blacks,” Putman wrote.

“And now my lil bro is down here going threw the same” thing, he wrote, using an expletive. “Gone keep my head up cauSE every time i look down i SEe haters. Its just lonely being at the top by my SElf. They cant stop real ones!”

The “lil bro” is younger brother Cliffton Putman, 24. In one of his Facebook photos, he is showing off a tattoo of a large handgun on his stomach.

Cliffton Putman wrote on Facebook that he had given his all to a relationship but got nothing back. “Is there any real weman out there any more cuz i cant find one,” he wrote, misspelling women.

The brothers are in prison for second-degree murder. They and other men were convicted of killing a young mother in 2007. The woman was killed when the men shot into her group.

Despite his role in a fatal shooting, the younger Putman offered his thoughts on the Dec. 14 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

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by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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