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Can we deny inmates access to newspapers, magazines as an incentive for better behavior?
By Forum Author - maniac
Published: 04/20/2009

Results sign2009apr16 Man, things are changing here. Now this is happening in my facility. In our single man ad-seg unit (we have 2 units) they get : 1 pants, whirt, boxers, socks, and hygene, 1 magazine, and newspaper. If they have A book, they can exchange it when the books come around, maybe once a week. This has changed from the way it used to be. I walked in one day and saw our responce team suited up and looking tired. I guess that was the day they went in and took out all the walkmans. LOL From what I heard these changes are coming to the 2-man cell ad-seg unit (where I work). SOme of the changes are already happening, like the mail. I heard from the FUM (function unit manager) that the walkmans are deffinately going. Hope I’m there that day. Should be interesting. I can already hear the “whoosh” of the mace cans going off!

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  1. iHenry on 05/01/2009:

    In my department, we don't give the maximum security inmates the local newspapers, because they were targeting other inmates because of their crimes or using it to show off when they were in the paper. They are allowed to get other papers and USA Today was put in place of the local paper.

  2. jharmon on 04/29/2009:

    I work at an institution in a rural area and the newspapers in this area will often have personal information about staff. This often presents a problem when dealing with offenders who subscribe to these newspapers. It would be a big help to maintain professionalism if offenders were not allowed to have local newspapers that contain personal data about staff, which the offender will often use to get close to staff and/or harass them. I know they want to keep up on the news and current events but newspapers that just deal with that information, such as the larger newspaper agencies, not the local ones, could be given to the offenders. Knowing that offenders have more time to think of ways to get involved with staff is hard enough without providing them with more information and help from local newspapers.

  3. Dazed IT/CO on 04/22/2009:

    In the three prisons where I have worked it Ad-Seg property has varied with the change in location. First prison allowed nothing but mail food clothing and hygiene items to be giving to inmates in seg. The second allowed all their property while in seg. Now at the third place I see them back to nothing except religious books, mail, clothing, and hygiene items. In these few experiences I have noticed that the more items they have the less changes they make. In fact those in seg is growing at the second facility. There are many privledges that need to be resitricted in order to inspire changes in behavior. It is like restricting a child when they misbehave. Some recognized the loss at first with the loss of a few things, however, others need more restrictions in order to get the message. Making changes in a unit is a big deal as inmates don't deal with change well. Even though change is inevitable and the only constant in our lives inmates resist it with totality. Informing them with time for adjustment is necesssary, to maintain order and peace. Much of this could be avoided if we didn't just warehouse inmates to gain some form of habilitation {To impart an ability or capacity to}. {Rehabilitation means: 1. To restore to good health or useful life, as through therapy and education, or good condition, operation, or capacity.} because you cannot restore something that was not there in the first place. They need structure and guidance to gain an ability or capacity to be useful in society. Learning how to feed and clothe themselves would be a large start, despite what the bean-counter say farms and work places are cost effective as forms of habilitation so that when society gets the inmates back then can find ways to support themselves in a legal and useful fashion.

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