The Clinton County Department of Probation and Parole in Central Pennsylvania has implemented a standard probation condition requiring all defendants under supervision to "friend" the department's Facebook page and allow full access to all the defendant's content. Police, probation officers and parole agents have been using social media to detect evidence of crime and technical violations of probation and parole since the technology first emerged. What is unique about the Clinton County approach is that it is open and honest. Law enforcement normally checks the social media content of suspects, defendants and probationers secretly, but Clinton County Probation is basically saying, "we are going to be watching you, so don't post anything incriminating"
A man convicted of sexually violating two different drunk women while they were passed out, now finds himself back behind bars after passing out in public after a night of drinking. Rarely does a run of the mill probation or parole violation contain as much poetic justice as that found in the Centre County, Pennsylvania case of Joshua Bathgate. In two separate cases, the Bellefonte man stood accused of sexually btaking advantage of unconscious women. Within a month of his release from the Centre County Correctional Facility, Bathgate himself drank to the point where he passed out, and of all places, fell asleep on a bench on the corner of Allen Street and College Avenue, which is Penn State's version of Times Square.