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Should those in prison or jail be allowed to have MP3 players to listen to music?

Response Percent Votes
62% 456
37% 271
Total 727


Cant_have_it_both_ways 2 years, 1 month ago

Mp3 player in one hand, a pick axe in the other breaking big rocks into little ones in 100 degree heat... All for that.


cletus26 2 years, 1 month ago

well i be... just give em' an aserta mattress too!!! and a spa day!!! and more rope to hang their roommate!!


audvisartist 2 years, 1 month ago

Let's just pipe classical music into the jail cells 24/7. Problem solved.


brewmaster 2 years, 1 month ago

The day-to-day atmosphere, culture and schedule of jail / prison should be as structured, regimented and disciplined as military basic training. All inmates wear the same uniform. All inmates have the same buzz hair cut. No facial hair. No new tattoos. All inmates work. All inmates attend some sort of required training, education and counseling applicable for real world employment. There are no personal TV's, radios, phones, posters, decorations, etc., allowed in cells. No PC access other than during training classes. A standard issue small TV or radio may be earned for restricted use in a cell. However, all broadcasts are controlled-content.


Flap Doodle 2 years, 1 month ago

pace has been into the hyperbole again.


KSense 2 years, 1 month ago

Not allowing mp3s or music't exactly qualify as torturous or inhumane


pace 2 years, 1 month ago

Gee, the idea that incarceration is a free pass to torture and for the inhumane treatment of humans is so far right. Any excuse for some people At least we aren't talking about taking music away from rich white men who steal from elderly and banks. Such a nice chance for haters to rant.


Flap Doodle 2 years, 1 month ago

Let 'em listen to anything they want while they're picking oakem.


patkindle 2 years, 1 month ago

i think the nicer we make thier visit , the more they will enjoy it after all they are the guest of the state, they should make them feel welcomed, so they will want to visit again, right??


Pastor_Bedtime 2 years, 1 month ago

To think that these poor inmates are being deprived of their constitutional right to FaceBook. Outrageous.


bad_dog 2 years, 1 month ago

Yes, but only if it's Bette Midler's " Wind Beneath My Wings", Starland Vocal Band's "Afternoon Delight" and Air Supply's "I'm All Out of Love" on a continuous loop.

Maybe throw in "Billy Don't be a Hero" by Paper Lace if they're really well behaved.


BABBOY 2 years, 1 month ago

Not that big of an issue to me.

But, I think some clarification should be given to the security level of the inmate.

In short, no to dirt bags that have no chance of being rehabilitated and just a threat to everyone they come in contact with.

But, yes to ones that are trying to get back into society and committed lower level concerns crimes. In other words, the people who made mistakes but are not evil dirt bags can get stuff like this as long as their conduct supports the same…..

Do not have time to explain the difference…..


somedude20 2 years, 1 month ago

I am sure the music helps with all the romancing that goes on in there. Let them eat cake!


jhawkinsf 2 years, 1 month ago

As was done in the movie Shawshank Redemption, just play an opera over the P.A. system. That would make everyone happy, right?


g_rock 2 years, 1 month ago

I bet you could make a really awesome shiv out of an ipod! Yay! Not to mention the cord would be totally fun to play with...great idea.


progressive_thinker 2 years, 1 month ago

The MP 3 player program currently in place at Kansas Deportment of Corrections correctional facilities allows inmates to purchase an MP 3 player that is made of clear plastic [so that it can be inspected for contraband], and which is set up so that it will only download music from music kiosks that are on facility grounds. All of this is done by way of a contract with a vendor [J-Pay]. The system is very secure,

KDOC collects a commission on each MP 3 player and accessory sold [these are sold through facility canteens], as well as a commission on each song sold. Proceeds go to pay for inmate programs such as education.

Providing inmates with a meaningful way to occupy their time is an important aspect of improving facility safety and security. As well, meaningful, pro social activities improve the inmate's chance of success upon release.


alcoholbliss 2 years, 1 month ago

Are we going to turn a blind eye and condone music piracy in prisons? Pirate Bay? Do we just add, on sentence time for file sharing offenders, and then find some other freedom to give them to pamper them with?

incarceration = 3 squares a day, Books, Magazines, Papers, Kendal Books, Cable TV, Movies, Music Radio, MP3's, CD's, personal computers, the internet to load MP3's, library, and gym membership, smuggled cell phones, drugs and sex.


Kyle Neuer 2 years, 1 month ago

It hath charms to soothe the savage beast. Anything that keeps the jail population occupied and passive can't be too bad. I suspect the jailers might have to become involved with what is on each perps players, which will get mighty complicated. Mp3 players, however, are going to be coveted and the source of fights/theft within the jail population. Either everybody or nobody.


Lawrence Morgan 2 years, 1 month ago

I completely agree with Liberty275. Even behind bars, a person needs music. It can relax people, and it has contributed to much better behavior.


Liberty275 2 years, 1 month ago

I don't see a purpose behind forbidding such meager entertainment unless the inmate has shown he will abuse the privileged in some way. Such a rule seems little but spite.


CreatureComforts 2 years, 1 month ago

I've got a great way to listen to all the MP3s you want - don't commit a crime!


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