Playboy in the Pokey

Pornography Banned from Connecticut’s Prisons — Next Year

Almost every Saturday night, after a cleaning the house, I jump in my car for my burger ritual. Karel, a liberal KGO radio host, is on during that time. He talked about this. Connecticut is banning porn in prisons. I didn’t even know it was allowed.

I agree with Karel’s stance. When you’re in prison, you lose your freedom. You are paying for your crime. It’s punishment.

When I was looking up the story, I stumbled across an inmate in Michigan who is suing the governor, demanding access to porn. He said that not having porn makes him endure “a poor standard of living, suffering from both sexual and sensory deprivation.”

Are you frickin’ kidding me? It’s prison for God’s sake! It isn’t a vacation getaway. If he wanted to look at Playboy, go to titty bars, or even drive around, maybe he shouldn’t have done something that landed his ass in jail. I hope the governor put a match to that filing. Unbelievable.

Prison should be a place you never want to end up. Considering the privileges they’re given, it doesn’t seem like much of a deterrent. They have TV. They have access to weights so they can bulk up. They can sit around and get those junk tattoos. And now, I learned that they have porn. To me, it’s beyond ridiculous. It makes me long for the days of penal colonies.

Why don’t we have chain gangs anymore so they can actually do something productive? We, in society, have to get up everyday and go to work. Shouldn’t they? I saw a Lockup episode featuring a prison in Louisiana. They have the right idea. Prisoners can work the field to grow vegetables that supplement their diet. Or they can work in a poultry processing center. They’re working. Programs like that should be implemented nation wide.

Prisoners should get the basics. No luxuries like TV. They should come back to their cells bone tired from putting in a day’s work. Maybe if prison sucked way more than it does, we could shut that revolving door.

12 responses to “Playboy in the Pokey

  • nonnie9999

    i disagree that prisoners should be working at private businesses. there are too many people looking for work, and corporations should not be getting free or cheap labor while citizens pay for room and board for prisoners. we already have corporations getting away with murder, and if they had their way, there would be even more people in jail, if that meant they could take advantage of the situation. that said, i think they should be growing their own food, doing their own laundry, etc., so that they stay busy and so that they have some skills if and when they get out of prison.

    • Spinny Liberal

      Good point about taking away jobs from the unemployed. I have no problem with them working on the fields. They can pick up trash like beaglez said they do in Virginia. They can do grafitti abatement. There is so much more they can do than sit around. That pisses me off to no end.

  • Bodrie

    Where’s the ACLU on this? They need to stand up for Michigan boy, and file suit claiming “cruel and unusual punishment”. Like they say, if you can’t do the time …


  • beaglezmom

    I do HIV testing in jails and the state prison here – most inmates will tell you the main punishment about prison is how boring it is. They can get tested within 2 months of their release (jails don’t want to pay for their HIV care so don’t test them until they leave) — many of the people who come for testing don’t have HIV risk – and they tell me “I signed up for the test for something to do. I wanted out of my pod.” It seems that incarceration is inconvenient – but that’s about it.

    As for tattoos – its like sex – the aren’t allowed to do that – but they do. they just do it illegally. Jail tattoos are a huge risk – they share the sharp object (HIV and Hep C risk), they use pen ink or burn vaseline and use the burnt remnant (the pen ink often has metals in it causing problems later on), infection – etc.

    I highly agree with the work (and not just in the jail cafeteria line 3 hours a day) idea. Here in Virginia they work on road crews cleaning the highway, if they request it, and meet the requirements (no violent outbursts, etc). It’s not forced labor – but they do get out and get work – and we have really clean roads here – a vast change from Texas.

    As for porn — they can use what limited imagination they have. It’s prison – not a sex club.

    • Spinny Liberal

      “most inmates will tell you the main punishment about prison is how boring it is”
      😡 Ugh. They shouldn’t have the luxury of being bored. I like that they make them clean the highways. That’s a good idea. With the amount of prisoners, states could be pristine.

  • John Barron

    Porn is already banned as a matter of policy in CT prisons and jails. What may be going on is a law on the books making it illegal.

  • Terrance H.

    I’ve never been in prison, but I’ve been in the county jail – more than a few times. (Drunk fighting, drunk driving, drunk fighting, drunk in public, public intoxication, etc…)

    You get a TV that you can hardly see, depending on the jail, and books. That’s it. No exercise yard or anything like that. You literally sit in a block all damn day and do nothing, save maybe play card games if one of your cell mates purchased a $10 deck of cards from commissary.

    It sucks. And, no joke, one guy even asked the judge if he could give him the maximum sentence because that would mean prison, rather than the year in the county the judge gave him. He literally asked for more time because county jail SUCKS THAT BAD!
    The longest I ever did was 20 days and it felt like a year!!!!!!!! So, make prison just like the county jail. LOL.

    The drunk tank isn’t bad – if you’re drunk and have the money to make bail when you sober up. LOL.

    • Spinny Liberal

      Oh man jail sounds boring as hell, but prisoners should not have the luxury to be bored. Make them useful.
      I think having the bail money when you sober up is key. That way, you don’t have to experience the tank sober (too long).

      • Terrance H.

        I think having the bail money when you sober up is key. That way, you don’t have to experience the tank sober (too long).

        You see, that’s my philosophy. I never did anything serious, so I was always able to make bail. Only misdemeanors. 🙂

      • Spinny Liberal

        Hey, at least you had a goal. No felonies. 😉

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