Prison inmates are not completely out of touch once they're put behind bars. They write to and receive letters from people they already know. But the Internet has changed that.

A Web site, Cyberspace-Inmates.com, is helping prison inmates communicate with the outside world. 'We started off with three and now, there are, give or take, about 1,800 men on the Web site,' said Rene Mulkey, who built and maintains the Web site.

With inmates from more than 40 states, Mulkey said that she keeps the Web site to give prisoners some human interaction -- rehabilitation through correspondence. Johnson County, Kan., prosecutor Paul Morrison said he is concerned that some of the convicts are using the Web site to keep criminal or financial schemes alive...

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Do you think prison inmates should be allowed to surf the web and interact with people on the outside?
Prison inmates are not completely out of touch once they`re put behind bars. They write to and receive letters from people they already know. But the Internet has changed that.

A Web site, Cyberspace-Inmates.com, is helping prison inmates communicate with the outside world. `We started off with three and now, there are, give or take, about 1,800 men on the Web site,` said Rene Mulkey, who built and maintains the Web site.

With inmates from more than 40 states, Mulkey said that she keeps the Web site to give prisoners some human interaction -- rehabilitation through correspondence. Johnson County, Kan., prosecutor Paul Morrison said he is concerned that some of the convicts are using the Web site to keep criminal or financial schemes alive...

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19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Tuesday 11/26/02 - 3:25:37 PM EST (GMT-5)
Internet access is a luxury. I have to pay big bucks for mine and they should not get it on the taxpayers dollar.
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Tuesday 11/26/02 - 3:27:47 PM EST (GMT-5)
They already get free college educations. Geezus, these are more social clubs than prisons.
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Tuesday 11/26/02 - 3:30:45 PM EST (GMT-5)
Pretty soon they'll have a better life than most of us.
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Tuesday 11/26/02 - 3:41:33 PM EST (GMT-5)
Most definitely not!!!
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Thursday 12/5/02 - 3:32:26 PM EST (GMT-5)
as long at it is monitored,i don't see a problem with it. there should be no sexual content and no violent content. alot of the people in prison have no one left to talk to so they turn to violence within the prison. maybe if they had some type of interaction with the outside world they wouldn't feel like caged up animals, let's look at it another way, we the taxpayers allready give them 3 square meals a day, free cable, a membership to a gym (so to speak)why not internet. whetehr we on the outside like it or not they on the inside are human beings. for the most part most of them have feelings. should the guy who is in there for parking tickets be treated the same as the guy who is in there for murder or rape or something of that nature. i think not. just restrict it and monitor it and there should be no problems.
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Thursday 12/5/02 - 3:43:50 PM EST (GMT-5)
yeah as long as it is monitered and has restricted sites like no chatrooms or places like YT.
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Thursday 12/5/02 - 3:52:46 PM EST (GMT-5)
turtleturtle said it for me
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Thursday 12/5/02 - 3:57:06 PM EST (GMT-5)
here here
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Thursday 12/5/02 - 4:36:47 PM EST (GMT-5)
Thats a no no.
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Thursday 12/5/02 - 5:07:49 PM EST (GMT-5)
prison is supposed to be a punishment. "rehabilitation through correspondence" what a crock of poo
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Wednesday 12/11/02 - 7:19:03 PM EST (GMT-5)
It can help them escape too.
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Wednesday 12/11/02 - 7:19:38 PM EST (GMT-5)
No! Those freaks should have only tha pen and paper they are given...
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Wednesday 12/11/02 - 7:19:57 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, especially those who are incarcerated for child molestation. What the hell?
19 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Monday 1/27/03 - 4:20:51 AM EST (GMT-5)
I had previously wondered how my sister-in-law's friend met her new boyfriend.. now I know.. *shakes her head* frick no.. let the frickers be bored forever.
19 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Monday 1/27/03 - 4:27:43 AM EST (GMT-5)
Maybe I should commit a crime to get all the perks?. go figure! Ban the comps from them altogether.
19 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Monday 1/27/03 - 4:30:13 AM EST (GMT-5)
I dont even think we should have to feed them.
19 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Monday 1/27/03 - 4:43:59 AM EST (GMT-5)
they should have very limited access.
19 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Thursday 1/30/03 - 3:08:53 PM EST (GMT-5)
i think that they should be allowed to have access to the internet under terms and conditions. people who r in 4 downloading illegal sites, however, r a different matter. Supervision should be available at all times. They're in prison, paying for what they've done, so why not give them a little hope?
18 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Thursday 1/29/04 - 5:15:33 PM EST (GMT-5)
It's not like they can come and get you...they're in jail!!!
15 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Monday 9/18/06 - 2:02:08 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes they should but it should be monitored.
15 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Monday 9/18/06 - 2:03:02 PM EST (GMT-5)
Absolutely not. Prison sounds way too much of a luxory for those animals.
15 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Monday 9/18/06 - 5:53:39 PM EST (GMT-5)
No way! Thats not punishment thats a perk.
15 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Monday 9/18/06 - 5:57:19 PM EST (GMT-5)
I don't see the problem, unless they're whitecollar criminals or pedophiles. These two groups are very likely to commit new crimes online, and should not have net access.
15 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Monday 9/18/06 - 5:59:26 PM EST (GMT-5)
To all those who say that prison is a punishment:

Prison is (or, at least, it should be) more about rehabilitating criminals and making it possible for them to lead productive, good lives when they are released from prison. Simply punishing them and treating them like sh*t does nothing to accomplish this goal. Without programs like this one, criminals will end up going right back into prison shortly after they're released.

As for the question, I see no problem with prisoners setting up correspondences over the internet. We already have prison pen pal systems, the internet just makes it faster and easier.

If you monitor and screen the messages they're passing back and forth, and who they're communicating with, there shouldn't be any problem at all.

15 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Thursday 10/5/06 - 10:10:53 PM EST (GMT-5)

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