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  • Internet

    6 17.65%
  • Phone

    14 41.18%
  • TV

    16 47.06%
  • Radio

    17 50.00%
  • Special prison TV and radio programms only

    14 41.18%
  • HiFi stereo

    3 8.82%
  • Personal media player

    6 17.65%
  • Dunno

    0 0%
  • Other

    10 29.41%
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Thread: Should prisoners have access to modern technologies?

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    Re: Should prisoners have access to modern technologies?

    I do not believe that inmates should have free (unlimited) access to the internet or to electronic toys.

    If they are using the internet to get a GED or go to college or something like that fine. but there are two many negatives associated with it.

    I would prefer that they learn real jobs skills in the joint (for those who aren't in solitary) and also learn how to take care of themsleves such as personal finance, home ec, social interactions.
    To me just keeping a guy in a cell for 20+ hours a day because you can't think of anything better is stupid. We are paying for this and personally i would like to see more bang for my buck.
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    Re: Should prisoners have access to modern technologies?

    What kind of prisoners are we talking about? Non-violent? Violent? People who have committed misdemeanors? Felons?

    Also, what is prison's purpose? Is it to rehabilitate? To punish? To act as a barrier between the violent and innocent people?

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    Re: Should prisoners have access to modern technologies?

    Quote Originally Posted by Neomalthusian View Post
    Agreeable statements, but among those who will be released, it would be preferable if it had some sort of rehabilitative effect. Rehabilitation may not be conducive to being 100% cut off from the world.
    Being able to have visitors, make supervised telephone calls, read magazines, newspapers, books, watch TV, listen to the radio is hardly being 100% cut off from the world.

    Allowing prisoners internet access allows them to fleece the world, threaten the world, reach out from their prison cells and run their gangs. We should be doing everything in our power to prevent any unsupervised contact with the outside world at all​.
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    Re: Should prisoners have access to modern technologies?

    Quote Originally Posted by Canell View Post
    So, what do you think?

    P.S. Crap, I forgot to give the option "Prisoners should not use any of these". Can a mod fix this, please? Thanks.
    Phone, TV, radio, and that's it. Prison is a punishment, it's not made for happy fun time. The phone is basically an extension of their rights. Can't contact an attorney without one, but I don't see why they can't do personal calls, as long as it keeps them appeased. TV and radio is just to keep their minds occupied. Anything else, no. They should take the time to get an education, and better themselves.
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    Re: Should prisoners have access to modern technologies?

    Quote Originally Posted by Neomalthusian View Post
    Agreeable statements, but among those who will be released, it would be preferable if it had some sort of rehabilitative effect. Rehabilitation may not be conducive to being 100% cut off from the world.
    Why not in their last month or two keep that inmate separate from the rest of the inmates and focus on rehabilitation, during which they can taught about modern technology and other similar stuff?
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    Re: Should prisoners have access to modern technologies?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    Why not in their last month or two keep that inmate separate from the rest of the inmates and focus on rehabilitation, during which they can taught about modern technology and other similar stuff?
    Seems sensible to me.

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    Re: Should prisoners have access to modern technologies?

    I do not understand the desire to dehumanize prisoners. If we treat them like dirt, why should we expect them not to act like dirt when they're released? Taking retribution on them will only cause them to want retribution against us.
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    Re: Should prisoners have access to modern technologies?

    Quote Originally Posted by Neomalthusian View Post
    Agreeable statements, but among those who will be released, it would be preferable if it had some sort of rehabilitative effect. Rehabilitation may not be conducive to being 100% cut off from the world.
    Who says they're supposed to be released?

    Quote Originally Posted by Paschendale View Post
    I do not understand the desire to dehumanize prisoners. If we treat them like dirt, why should we expect them not to act like dirt when they're released? Taking retribution on them will only cause them to want retribution against us.
    Who says they're supposed to be released?

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    Re: Should prisoners have access to modern technologies?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tigger View Post
    Who says they're supposed to be released?



    Who says they're supposed to be released?
    What ya saying here?
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    Re: Should prisoners have access to modern technologies?

    Quote Originally Posted by PirateMk1 View Post
    What ya saying here?
    What I'm saying is that most of these guys and gals should never see the light of day again after their conviction.

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