A five-star prison? Yelp reviews of correctional facilities address rude staffers, mistreatment.

by Robert Louis Miller on Sep. 03, 2017

Criminal DUI-DWI Criminal 

Summary: A summary of social media and criminal defense.

Reviewing Prisons And Jail Facilities On Yelp; Lawyer Robert Miller Calls Controversial Service Valuable”, http://www.ibtimes.com/inmates-reviewing-prisons-jail-facilities-yelp-lawyer-robert-miller-calls-controversial-service, April 29, 2013

Huffington Post, “Yelp Prison Reviews: Lawyers, Inmates Report Good And Bad Conditions Online”, 
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/29/yelp-prison-reviews-inmates-report-conditions_n_3178000.html, 2013
ABA Journal Robert Miller Press
ABA Journal, “A five-star prison? Yelp reviews of correctional facilities address rude staffers, mistreatment.
http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/a_five-star_prison_yelp_reviews_of_correctional_facilities_address_rude_sta/, May 2013

The Daily Mail, “Prisoners Review Their Jails on Yelp: The staff at Sing Sing are ‘rude’ and watch out for the roaches of Rikers Island”, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2316301/Prisoners-review-jails-Yelp-The-staff-Sing-Sing-rude-watch-roaches-Rikers-Island.html, 2013.
Adweek, “The Country’s Best Bars – Inmates Review Prisons on Yelp“, April, 2013
MSN News, “Online reviews shine light on life behind bars.“, July 2015.
Yahoo News, “Inmates posting reviews of prisons on Yelp”,
http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/inmates-posting-reviews-prisons-yelp-212951533.html, 2013
UPI News Service, Inmates Rate Prisons on Yelp“, April 2013

The Algemenier, “Say you’re Jewish if you end up at Riker’s Island“, April 2013
GeoBeats News, “Inmates Review Jails“, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1D4b6-5339E, 2013
Corrections One, New Trend, Inmates Rate Jails on Yelp, April 2013

World Wide Weird News, “Prison inmates now writing prison reviews on Yelp”,  http://www.worldwideweirdnews.com/2013/04/26921.htm, 2013
Newsy Business News, Prison Reviews Hit Yelp via Inmates, Youtube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUH1xOe0Itg, 2013.
Mid-East Times, Inmates Review Prisons on Yelp, 2013

Radar Online, “Inmates Review Prisons On Yelp — ‘Lumpy Beds But The Food Was Great!’”http://radaronline.com/exclusives/2013/04/inmates-review-prisons-yelp/(2013)

Now My News, Prisoners Review Their Jails on Yelphttp://nowmynews.blogspot.com/2013/05/prisoners-review-their-jails-on-yelp.html (2013)
Roll On Friday, “Going to Prison?  First Read the Reviews”, http://www.rollonfriday.co.uk/Blogs/ReadBlog/tabid/144/Id/23013/Default.aspx (2013)
KBGBabbles.com, “Reviewing Things Can Be A Lot of Fun, Even Prisons”, http://kbgbabbles.com/2013/05/wtfckery-or-not-you-decide-5.html (2013)

RT Online: Inmates Review Prisons on Yelp, https://youtu.be/BMnJyiNBsxM, (April, 2013)


Centire.in, “Former Inmates Are Reviewing Prisons On Yelp And The Results Are Startling”, https://centire.in/blog/former-inmates-are-reviewing-prisons-on-yelp-and-the-results-are-startling/, 2013

Bangkok Post, “Online Reviews Shine Light on Life Behind Bars”, http://www.bangkokpost.com/print/620380/, 2013
Prison Fellowship.org, “Rating the Prisons Online”, “https://www.prisonfellowship.org/2013/04/rating-the-prisons-online/“ 2013
Aol.com, “Inmates Using Yelp For Prison Reviews”, http://realestate.aol.com/blog/videos/green-living/517761660/ (unfortunately, the link is no longer active), 2013

Bloomberg News Live Television Feature, (which you can partially see in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUH1xOe0Itg), April 2013
93.1 Jack FM, How Many Stars On Yelp Did Your Local Prison Get?”, 
http://931jackfm.cbslocal.com/2013/04/29/how-many-stars-on-yelp-did-your-local-prison-get/, 2013

eCanadaNow, “PRISON REVIEWS ON YELP: HOW DOES YOUR LOCAL INCARCERATION FACILITY RANK?
http://www.ecanadanow.com/prison-reviews-on-yelp-how-does-your-local-incarceration-facility-rank/65450/ (unfortunately, the link is no longer active), 2013.
NewsMax.com, “Inmates on Yelp: Jails Across US Reviewed by Prisoners, Lawyers”,  http://www.newsmax.com/TheWire/inmates-yelp-jails-reviews/2013/04/29/id/501849/, 2013.
Law Professor Blogs Network: Sentencing Law and Policy, “Lawyers and prisoners using Yelp to review lock-ups”, 
http://sentencing.typepad.com/sentencing_law_and_policy/2013/04/lawyers-and-prisoners-using-yelp-to-review-lock-ups.html, 2013.
Prison Reform Movement, “There is a Yelp for That?”, https://prisonreformmovement.wordpress.com/2013/04/29/there-is-a-yelp-for-that/, 2013.
Inquisitr, “Inmates Rate Prisons on Yelp, Say the Service is Terrible”, http://www.inquisitr.com/640499/inmates-rate-prisons-on-yelp-say-the-service-is-terrible/, 2013.
Simple Justice Blog, “Forget the Warden, Complaint on Yelp”, http://blog.simplejustice.us/2013/04/29/forget-the-warden-complain-on-yelp/, 2013.

Government Technology, “A New Trend: Inmates Rate Jails on Yelp”, http://www.govtech.com/public-safety/Inmates-Rate-Jails-on-Yelp.html, 2013.


Governing.com, “Prisons Get Rated on Yelp“, http://www.governing.com/news/state/gt-prisons-get-rated-on-yelp.html, 2013.
Techyville.com, “Prison Inmates Take to the Internet To Review Their Experience”, http://www.techyville.com/2013/05/news/prison-inmates-take-to-the-internet-to-review-their-experience/(unfortunately, the link is no longer active), 2013.
The Gallagher Law Library University of Washington Blog, “Lawyer Rates Prisons and Jails on Yelp“, http://gallagherlawlibrary.blogspot.com/2013/05/lawyer-begins-rating-jails-prisons-on.html, 2013.
PHYS.org, “Online Reviews Shine Light on Life Behind Bars”, http://phys.org/news/2015-07-online-life-bars.html, 2013.
The Colbert Report
The Colbert Report also noted the article about Yelp and reviews, as you can see in the clip above.

Our Attorney Robert Miller has also long been an avid believer in Web 2.0: harnessing the power of internet users to collect and share information, for the benefit of all, including real time reviews on how businesses and governmental entities are doing.  He was a Yelp Gold Elite for over seven years and has written more than 100 reviews per year on average.

Many of the Miller and Associatesss and Media Articles above were spurred by one article about our law firm that appeared in the Washington Post. The Washington Post featured Miller’s review of some of the Orange County Jails, where he has often visited with persons after Orange County DUI arrests and has written reviews regarding the procedures, the facilities, employees, and the ease of getting in and out of jails to interview people.

Using Yelp to review jails has a comical aspect to it, and people assume that prisoners are giving 1 & 1/2 star reviews to the cafeteria food and facilities.  As a result, the news media went crazy with the story.  Aside from the stories below, from the Daily Mail, the ABA Journal, the International Business Times, and the GovTech website, all of which quoted “Criminal Defense Lawyer Robert Miller“, there were hundreds of other mentions on television, radio, and publications of all types.  Robert was also interviewed on the radio Via the BBC World Service, by NPR, and had been previously featured on television in a television broadcast filmed at the Orange County Superior Court.  That clip appeared on the ABC News local affiliate, KABC Los Angeles.


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