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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?

    Quote Originally Posted by haymarket View Post
    What prisoners should have access to is education, job training, therapy, counseling and rehabilitation assistance.

    Screw the other stuff and the weights and all the other nonsense.
    what if they are serving a life sentence?.. do we still heap benefits on them?

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    Re: Should prisoners have access to modern technologies?

    Quote Originally Posted by Thrilla View Post
    if i'm not mistaken, they are in prison for treating us like dirt to begin with.... usually through some felonious crime.

    anyways, I think the level of prisoner should determine who gets what...
    low level criminals should get better treatment, as they will most likely be rejoining society and their crimes aren't that serious.
    high level criminals should get 3 hots and a cot... and not much else.
    the only luxury item I would place in their cell is a toilet.
    Of course, Ruiz changed everything. Inmates don't even necessarily have to work, and when they do, they are sometimes paid in days served. For serious crime this isn't right, IMO.

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    Re: Should prisoners have access to modern technologies?

    They should be able to have anything that does not pose a threat to the safe and secure running of the facility or to the public.


    TV, Radio, Personal media player.
    Theft being a given, there is no reason to restrict these in that setting as long as used with earbuds or headphones.
    Without such, they can pose a threat.

    Right now the phone is accessible and is monitored.
    But the cost of such a system is exorbitant when it does not have to be, and is being shouldered by those that the inmates call.
    The exorbitant costs are wrong and should be changed. The cost should be more reasonable and should not involve a profit.

    Internet.
    Unrestricted should not be allowed. A system that could be monitored and used for study and email access sure.
    It would have to be monitored, with the costs of all, paid for by the inmates.

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    Re: Should prisoners have access to modern technologies?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    Since you didn't have that option I picked other. Prison is a punishment.The only thing they are entitled to is back breaking labor from sun to sun down, fortified bread, and water.
    Bread and water would hardly give them the calories for the labor. You must think Chinese prisons are great...


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    Too bad we have to observe human rights.

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    Re: Should prisoners have access to modern technologies?

    Quote Originally Posted by rocket88 View Post
    Bread and water would hardly give them the calories for the labor.
    If that bread and water is fortified it should give them calories necessary for labor.

    You must think Chinese prisons are great...
    I do not know what Chinese prisons are like so I would have no idea if they are great or not.
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    Re: Should prisoners have access to modern technologies?

    Quote Originally Posted by Excon View Post
    [COLOR="#442244"]They should be able to have anything that does not pose a threat to the safe and secure running of the facility or to the public.
    Unless its bolted down and behind a plexiglass wall inmates can make weapons practically out of anything.
    "A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"

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    Re: Should prisoners have access to modern technologies?

    I think they need to have access to phones and the internet for the purpose of communicating with lawyers and/or researching to represent themselves. And I think they should be able to call their families at least once every other week (for the sake of the families, if nothing else).

    TV - as a general rule no, except I do think they should be kept up to date on the general news, so special prison TV and radio programs seems acceptable.
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    Re: Should prisoners have access to modern technologies?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    Unless its bolted down and behind a plexiglass wall inmates can make weapons practically out of anything.
    And?

    These things matter not to such.

    If an inmate wants to make, or buy a weapon they will do so.
    Out of paper even.

    That is why these are privileges, and can be restricted as a behavior modification.

    Cassette players used to be used for their motors to make Tattoo guns.
    Digital mp3 players can't. And I can't see most inmates wanting to loose their investment of such just to make (I do not know what kind of) a weapon.
    A 18-20 oz pop/water bottle makes a better shank than a digital media player would.

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    Re: Should prisoners have access to modern technologies?

    Quote Originally Posted by Krhazy View Post
    I think they need to have access to phones and the internet for the purpose of communicating with lawyers and/or researching to represent themselves. And I think they should be able to call their families at least once every other week (for the sake of the families, if nothing else).

    TV - as a general rule no, except I do think they should be kept up to date on the general news, so special prison TV and radio programs seems acceptable.
    Honestly. if they are sitting in Jail awaiting trial, the Jail staff are already over burdened. And the very limited amount of time that could be set up for a person to do research on the net, just isn't there.
    Usually they have access to a law library. Volumes are brought to there cell.
    But if they do not know how to use it, or even where to start looking, let alone how or where to start shepardizing cases, it pretty much is a moot issue.

    If in Prison, there is more time and access. And with a law library there is no need for internet access for that specific thing.

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    Re: Should prisoners have access to modern technologies?

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    As far as I'm concerned, they can have access to anything on your list except the internet.

    Oh, and for phones? Only the jailhouse ones that are monitored.
    This, pretty much.
    If you claim sexual harassment to be wrong, yet you defend anyone on your side for any reason,
    then you are a hypocrite and everything you say on the matter is just babble.

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