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.