Question of the Week #320

Since being deprived of the Internet would be viewed by many as a serious punishment, do you think it is right to give Internet access to those in prison who are ostensibly being punished for a serious crime they’ve committed?

I think it’s okay to allow limited internet access to convicts. The internet can be an incredible source of information for educational purposes. This would be no different than allowing prisons to have libraries where convicts are able to better themselves by beginning or completing their education.

Should they be given unfettered access to the entirety of the internet? Probably not. I’m sure there are plenty of sites out there that would prove to be a corrupting influence on individuals that are supposed to be seeking rehabilitation for a life of crime, right?

I picture it being a lot like the restrictions put on internet access in public schools. No social media. No streaming entertainment. No games. No porn. Education only…

But what do you think? Should prisoners be allowed internet access while serving time? Let me know what you think in the comments below!

*The Question of the Week can be found in The Book of Questions by Gregory Stock, Ph.D.


5 thoughts on “Question of the Week #320

  1. I think Prisoners have way to much leeway. At least, here in America. TV’s, Games, Internet Access, etc.. I believe in learning a trade or getting an education while there. But, I knew people who didn’t mind going to Jail because it was fun and most of their friends were there, which is wrong!


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  2. I agree with both of the commenters above, really. I mean, I was in a mental hospital (voluntarily) for many years (2007-2017) and we didn’t have Internet access there for a long time. Once we did, the content we could view was pretty much unrestricted as far as I know (at least, I could do social media and my blog without problems), but we had to be in the day room to access it. While I can see part of the reason for this, in the sense that mental patients too are there for the purpose of bettering themselves and that does require following a treatment plan (although honestly that didn’t amount to much), I do think mental patients more than prisoners need to learn in the real world. Prisoners are intended to serve time in relative restrictiveness, so I am mostly with the above commenters that only educational Internet access should be allowed and, if you ask me, prisoners shouldn’t have access to it when they please.

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  3. I was using a computer at a job search type business, that told us only to use the computer for job related stuff. Well all kinds of businesses advertise for jobs… even places that would be restricted. I almost got kicked out for clicking an ad that was on indeed. I had to prove to the business that I was just searching jobs.

    Point is any restrictions can still lead to something unwanted online.

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  4. I think there needs to be a lot of work done to address who is going to prison and why. I feel there are much better options than a prison sentence for many of the types of things we are currently throwing people in jail for. Thus the current population of prisoners include both people that are a danger to society as well as those that are not (or not enough to make sense for imprisonment). With that said, if we are incarcerating the people that are a true danger to society, then I agree that internet should be restricted as damage can still be done virtually and through influencing others. I agree with you and the others in that access should be limited to learning/educational related activities.

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