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04-30-1999, 10:31 PM
Well, that's not exactly true, but I just got out of the hospital (yes, I'm fine, in case you cared) after 5 days in. I damn near went stir-crazy, and I had TV, a pile of books, constant visits from family and friends, and two nice roommates. Had I had Internet access, I certainly would have used it to kill a lot of time.

My question is: How many real prisoners have Internet access? I bet a lot of the guys in those minimum-security Danbury-type prisons do. And what percentage of heavy Internet users are prisoners? Damn, if I was in there and had access, I'd be on-line all the time.

05-01-1999, 12:15 AM
So how is daytime tv in Barcelona?soaps?

05-01-1999, 03:19 AM
I've spent the last seventeen years working in prisons and I've never heard of any prisoners having internet access.

05-01-1999, 07:27 PM
>>My question is: How many real prisoners have Internet access? I bet a lot of the guys in those minimum-security Danbury-type prisons do. >>

The Bureau of Prisons (the arm of the Justice Department which runs the system) bans prisoner access to computers in general, let alone the internet.

05-02-1999, 01:44 AM
Mike King posted 05-01-99 02:19 AM CT (US)
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I've spent the last seventeen years working in prisons and I've never heard of any prisoners having internet access.
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Careful there, Mike. You don't want to debunk that old UL about prisoners living in the lap of luxury.
Peace,
mangeorge

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"If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything" Mark Twain 1894

05-02-1999, 03:02 PM
Why keep prisoners away from computers? I understand not giving them unrestricted internet access, but why not let them learn some kind of useful job skill, like word processing, or programming, or something?

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"I had a feeling that in Hell there would be mushrooms." -The Secret of Monkey Island

05-02-1999, 03:21 PM
Prisoners are not allowed to have computers or any other recording device, such as typewriters with memory, or cassette recorders. According to a prison social worker I know, it's to prevent secret messages from being relayed.

Markxxx
08-23-1999, 05:41 AM
Wouldn't that vary from state to state? I would find it hard to believe there aren't some prisoners with tape recorders.

Also in some minimum and medium security prisons they let mail go uncensored. What is the difference there? They could send any message through uncensored mail.

08-23-1999, 07:32 AM
The idea is to restrict internal communications between prisoners, not external communications with the outside world. The only censorship on outside mail is when a prisoner is writing to a prisoner at another jail. Otherwise, the mail isn't read.

Tape recorders (or other recording devices) are prohibited. Tape players and AM radios are allowed. FM radios are generally prohibited because they can be modified to listen in on the security radios. CD players are also prohibited; I'll admit I don't know the reason for this.

I'm speaking here specifically of the New York state prison system, but I would imagine most other prison systems in this country have similar rules.

Poto
08-23-1999, 07:39 AM
How'd you find this April topic? Can you find my Wicca topic from the same period?The search hasn't worked very well for me.

handy
08-23-1999, 12:08 PM
Internet access computers can easily be used to call anyone in the world. Especially fun to harrass the victims who put ya in the slammer, eh?

Prison is just that, not a fun vacation, at least in the USA.

Weird. They hire prisoners to clean the planter areas around here and whenever I go by them they always lookup at me. ALl of them.

CrownedProduct
08-26-2010, 07:28 PM
>>My question is: How many real prisoners have Internet access? I bet a lot of the guys in those minimum-security Danbury-type prisons do. >>

The Bureau of Prisons (the arm of the Justice Department which runs the system) bans prisoner access to computers in general, let alone the internet.

Are you kidding me.....? No disrespect to all you that think you know, but you got it all wrong..... I did time for the BOP. we had a billiards table, fuzzball table, computers to e-mail our families with, and yes they were monitored. our letters were only read coming into the facility, and we could go online in the Rec Area and order arts and crafts supplies. but it depended on what facility you went to too........

AClockworkMelon
08-26-2010, 07:31 PM
Do they have a zombie ward in most prisons? And more importantly: Do those zombies have internet access?

Joey P
08-26-2010, 07:33 PM
This has to be the most zombified zombie thread I've ever seen re-animated. The last post was 11 years and 3 days ago.

silenus
08-26-2010, 07:34 PM
Shouldn't ask questions like that. You'll get disappeared.

guizot
08-26-2010, 07:36 PM
Why do the first 10 posters have no name?

BorgHunter
08-26-2010, 07:47 PM
Why do the first 10 posters have no name?
In the dark ages of 1999, when people had these weird plastic devices on their desks called "phones", names were not yet invented. The only way to hail people was to shout, "Hey, you!" and when referring to others, one had to resort to vague descriptions.

And in addition to these horrors, every time you went on the Internet, your computer emitted horrible screeching noises, and porn images took for-fucking-ever to download. Never even mind videos.

They were certainly not the best of times.

samclem
08-26-2010, 07:48 PM
Why do the first 10 posters have no name? They have names--you just can't see them.

guizot
08-26-2010, 08:00 PM
They have names--you just can't see them.Were they bad people?

AClockworkMelon
08-26-2010, 08:00 PM
Why do the first 10 posters have no name? They have names--you just can't see them.Apparently one of them was named Mike King.

Noel Prosequi
08-26-2010, 08:01 PM
The great thing about this thread is that it is that rare beast - a double zombie. It was Zombie v1.0 at post 8, then Zombie v2.0 at post 12.

As well, of course, as being 11 years old. That is some powerful voodoo.

twickster
08-26-2010, 08:01 PM
If we told you, we'd have to kill you.

HawksPath
08-26-2010, 08:18 PM
I think the threads reviver CP must have been in on the thread when it first started. He did his time because he wanted a definitive answer to the question and is just now getting back to his bookmark of this thread he had saved on his home computer.

Earl Snake-Hips Tucker
08-26-2010, 08:27 PM
Apparently one of them was named Mike King.He actually still posts here, but with a different name.

godix
08-26-2010, 08:28 PM
I look forward to the next resurrection of this thread in 2021.

Chronos
08-26-2010, 10:37 PM
The OP has a name. His name is Robert Paulson.

guizot
08-27-2010, 12:39 AM
That is some powerful voodoo.If we told you, we'd have to kill you.:eek:"Come'on, Scooby...I think it's time we make like a banana and split!":eek:

Freudian Slit
08-27-2010, 12:53 AM
I've always wondered why in really old threads, you sometimes can't see people's names. Guess I'm going to continue to wonder.

elucidator
08-27-2010, 01:49 AM
Witness protection program

SeaDragonTattoo
08-27-2010, 02:38 AM
You can't see their names because someone's eaten their BRAINSSSSS!

jackdavinci
08-27-2010, 03:02 AM
Why do the first 10 posters have no name?

They all have names consisting of spaces: " ". " ", " ", " ", etc...

EvilTOJ
08-27-2010, 03:05 AM
It's obviously someone named "guest" talking to themselves.

Terminus Est
08-27-2010, 03:24 AM
The OP has a name. His name is Robert Paulson.

His name is Robert Paulson!

glowacks
08-27-2010, 08:22 AM
Well, that's not exactly true, but I just got out of the hospital (yes, I'm fine, in case you cared) after 5 days in. I damn near went stir-crazy, and I had TV, a pile of books, constant visits from family and friends, and two nice roommates. Had I had Internet access, I certainly would have used it to kill a lot of time.


Quite off-topic, but I felt the need to respond with regard to hospital patient internet access evolving in times since then.

I was in the hospital psych ward multiple times, the first in 2004 or 2005, the last in 2008 and 2009. The first time we had very limited internet access in terms of time - only during scheduled occupational therapy times. In later years, there was a computer available in the lounge, but with up to 20 patients in the ward you couldn't be spending all day on it anyway.

The web filter in the later years was very very strict and presumably set up on a company-wide basis and mainly targeted at employees. Any site having anything at all to do with games was blocked, even some rather obscure ones and ones that merely had discussions about games, like Elitist Jerks, the WoW guild with popular discussion board. But you could go to news sites and waste time reading about the latest celebrity gossip on Yahoo. I was a little jaded. I'm not sure when exactly reading this board became a popular activity for me, but I wish it had been back then.

Slightly more on-topic, the ward became much less of a prison sort of environment in latter days. Not only the freely available computer, but the doors to the ward were not locked any more. You were freely allowed to walk out to the lobby and into the adjacent ward, which I did often because there was one (mobile) bookshelf for both wards. Meals were also taken in a different area that required one to leave the immediate area of ward as well and walk a few steps in the lobby. I don't know how strongly people were committed to these wards, but leaving went from nearly impossible to not hard.