Better intended games to entertain prisoners

Posted in blog post on January 27th, 2010 by Merrill Markoe
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Hopefully this ruling will encourage prisoners to play more Monopoly, which will help  foster an inmate’s obsession with remaining in the real life correctional environment,  buying it,  and eventually turning it in to apartments and  hotels.

Dungeons and Dragons Prison Ban Upheld

Robert Caplin for The New York Times Published: January 26, 2010

In an opinion issued on Monday , a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit rejected the claims in a lawsuit challenging a ban on the game Dungeons & Dragons by the Waupun Correctional Institution in Wisconsin. The suit was brought by a prisoner, Kevin T. Singer, who argued that his First Amendment and 14th Amendment rights were violated by the prison’s decision to ban the game and confiscate his books and other materials, including a 96-page handwritten manuscript he had created for the game.Prison officials said they had banned the game at the recommendation of the prison’s specialist on gangs, who said it could lead to gang behavior and fantasies about escape.

Dungeons & Dragons could “foster an inmate’s obsession with escaping from the real-life correctional environment, fostering hostility, violence and escape behavior,” prison officials said in court.

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2 Responses to “Better intended games to entertain prisoners”

  1. Margaret says:

    There might be merit to this ruling. When my kids went through their Chutes and Ladders phases, I obsessed about escaping.

  2. Susan says:

    Hope they don’t get their hands on an iPad and react like Hilter — see this clip, which made me think of you — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQnT0zp8Ya4