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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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    Should prisoners have access to modern technologies?

    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.
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    Re: Should prisoners have access to modern technologies?

    Depends on the technology. Generally I don't have a problem with them having access to technologies that only receive information, like most of the ones on your list. I'm a bit more hesitant about technologies that can send information too, like internet and cell phones. I guess it depends on their crime and what level of security their prison is.
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    Re: Should prisoners have access to modern technologies?

    Phone and internet access should obviously have restrictions. I would say that its definitely worth experimenting with giving prisoners unlimited access to digital media, especially pornography. Playing video games and watching movies is far less problematic that the usual abuses that pass the time in prison.

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    Re: Should prisoners have access to modern technologies?

    None Of The Above.

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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.
    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.
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    Re: Should prisoners have access to modern technologies?

    I feel iffiest about internet, by far, just because of how social one can still be using the internet. Unrestricted internet access would really take a lot of the "correction" out of the Correctional System.

    However, I could see using some structured training programs for inmates who have been in prison for a long time and are gearing up to be released, as they have probably not had a lot of experience with the internet and it has become integral to locating and accessing the right resources that would aim to reduce recidivism.

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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.
    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.
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    Re: Should prisoners have access to modern technologies?

    If they had no communication with the outside world, they wouldn't be running gangs and ordering murders from inside, would they?

    Therefore, there should be no communication with the outside world, period. Prison is not supposed to be fun, after all.
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    Re: Should prisoners have access to modern technologies?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    If they had no communication with the outside world, they wouldn't be running gangs and ordering murders from inside, would they?

    Therefore, there should be no communication with the outside world, period. Prison is not supposed to be fun, after all.
    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.

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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.
    Maybe if they had a stern great aunt or something who could constantly remind them of the need to make better choices.
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