Check out the Game Politics entry on the concept of video game systems being used to entertain prisoners. As the piece points out, there’s two schools of thought — those who don’t think inmates deserve the chance to play on the PS2, and those who think it helps maintain/improve jail safety by giving those on lockdown something to do other than lift and walk around in the yard.
The St. Petersburg Times in Florida ran a story Sunday about a privately run jail that allows its inmates a few hours of PS2 time.
According to the story, the games they play are rated no worse than T for Teen, and the equipment wasn’t bought with tax dollars. The story also notes a similar games-in-prison movement in Missouri, which was banned by that state’s governor last year.