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Inmates and the Internet

There are nearly a quarter of a million inmates serving Federal prison time. Many of these inmates have served rather extended stays in custody. While there are a number of obvious consequences to extended incarceration, some are less readily apparent. Take technology for instance. In Federal Prison, it is illegal for inmates to access the internet. However, despite this, some prisons offer classroom instruction in technology (without using much of it). What this leads to is a fairly observable gap between what can be taught in a vacuum and the practical knowledge gained through experience. Here’s one inmates take on the information superhighway:

I have seen the advertisements of both the internet and the apps on the television, but I never paid close attention about their usage. I did not consider their significance.

I was completely in the blind about the purpose. I thought they were just sites for people to socialize and spend their idle time.

Click here to see how other inmates of San Quentin Correctional Institute in California answered questions about the internet.

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