OR Good-Behaving Inmates Get 50 Video Games


Oregon prison officials hope that plug-and-play video game consoles being sold to inmates are powerful enough to zap troublemaking in cell blocks, The Oregonian reports. The $35 units, pre-loaded with 50 games, are being offered as an incentive for good behavior. Prisoners earn the right to buy one after 18 months of good behavior. “It’s a hot item,” said Randy Geer of the Department of Corrections’ non-cash incentives program. “Inmates want one, and it appears to be motivating them.”

Prisoners formerly stayed out of trouble to get what Geer called “the big carrot” — earned time off sentences. The state’s Measure 11 mandatory sentences for violent crimes ended that incentive for 40 percent of inmates. Every prisoner, regardless of crime or sentence, gets a shot at the new incentives. The prosecutor who put one murderer away isn’t thrilled with the idea of his kicking back and passing time with high-tech gadgets. “If you know the facts” of what he and a co-defendant did to a woman, said Clackamas County District Attorney John Foote, “you have a hard time wanting them to have anything but bread and water.”

Link: http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/news/114205657983540.xml&coll=7

Comments are closed.