For people convicted of serious crimes, long prison sentences can equal a long time out of the world. Once they've paid their debt to society, felons can report feeling disconnected from their lives, their families and the world they left behind.
Social media like Facebook and Twitter keeps us connected to our friends, family and even complete strangers anywhere we are on Earth. Inmates in maximum security prisons don't have direct access to the Internet.
So how can people living behind bars participate in a flourishing social network? It's all thanks to a non-profit called Live From Lockdown. It's been referred to as the "Facebook for Felons."
Live From Lockdown isn't a charity for prisoners; it's actually at its core an anti-gang initiative. It lets former gang members in maximum security prisons communicate an important message to at-risk youth.