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MP3 Players in Federal Prisons

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Although it seems like portable radios, CD players, Walkmans have been relegated to the past, today they're the only types of music players (if any) available for use in federal prisons. A new program currently being tested, however, would allow MP3 players and MP3s behind bars. Joining us to explain is Associated Press correspondent Vicki Smith, and Benjamin Harbert, Assistant Professor of Music at Georgetown University.

Listeners: What do you think? Should federal prison inmates be allowed to have access to MP3 players and MP3s? Leave your comment below.


Benjamin Harbert and Vicki Smith

Comments [10]

Tracy from Sacramento

What is the name of the music vendors for fedral prison to get music in the catalog

Sep. 19 2013 02:17 AM
john from miami

free all the fereadl inmatessss

Nov. 01 2012 02:10 PM
Ranya from New York

I definitely think MP3 players should be allowed in prisons. Of course inmates should be able to listen to music, especially when the prison is restricting violent songs.

Also, the idea of audiobooks and incorporating educational recordings for the inmates to listen to will allow them to come back into society more comfortably.

Mar. 21 2012 10:31 PM

Prison IS punishment. You are not in control of your life, you can't do what you want, you're removed from the rest of society, your friends, your family. It's horrible, and nothing can make it the luxury vacation partisans scream about.

A little amelioration by a program like this is a boon to prisoners--and also to guards, prisons and the taxpayer.

Mar. 21 2012 02:35 PM
sarah from UES

I'd love to follow the money on this. How much money do the vendors make?

Mar. 21 2012 02:29 PM

Check out the elders singing for a prison audience in Young@heart. Totally inspiring.

Mar. 21 2012 02:29 PM
rob from bay ridge

since entertainment business loses money from piracy this is smart idea for extending the market. there will be no piracy in prison, or will it? exchanging song for sex?

Mar. 21 2012 02:23 PM

Are television shows restricted in the same way certain songs are in federal prisons ?

Mar. 21 2012 02:20 PM

I've never been in prison but do fly economy often and my travel experience is so much better now that I have my iPod. I can see that this calming influence would extend to prisons as well.

Mar. 21 2012 02:20 PM
rob from bay ridge

since norway is the happiest nation in the world maybe a bit on norwayfication of our penitentiary system is not a bad idea, although i think prison should be a prison for a reason.

Mar. 21 2012 02:18 PM

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