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Getting connected

January 2, 2007
The BBC are reporting that the Home Office are looking into a scheme to allow prisoners access to the internet whilst they are serving a sentence.

No doubt there will be complaints from people about prisoners getting even more free perks that are not available to the tax paying public. However, you people need to realise the benefits of introducing access to the web for these convicts.

You see, it means I can write something like.

STOP COMMITTING CRIME, YOU LOWLIFE SCUM!

and it will be read by the very people that it is targeting.

I suggest that anyone with a similar message gets writing in anticipation.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Annette permalink
    January 2, 2007 20:42

    Mine would unprintable.

  2. Dr Dan H. permalink
    January 3, 2007 10:49

    The DSS used to have whole rooms full of old green-screen VT100 terminals. Text-only, they were and for what they were they were quite good.

    Why not offer these criminals internet access via these screens, with web access, email and the like by text-only browsers?

    The kit’s scrap value only, the controller server need only be a scrap rackmount PC, and it stops the crims going looking at mucky pictures and the like; text only access.

    So, you find a use for scrap equipment, you promote literacy in prisons and you broaden the horizons of a lot of people. Oh, and the “Don’t spend money on jailbirds” lobby are satisfied too.

  3. PC South West permalink
    January 3, 2007 14:27

    Maybe they will be posting comments here soon then.

  4. busybizzie permalink
    January 3, 2007 20:40

    I tried to come up with something good but it’s too hard to put in to words without coming across as the repulsive low life dregs that the message would be aimed at.

  5. James permalink
    January 4, 2007 17:06

    There’s a pun about sending files in there somewhere!
    And it seems that they’ll be restricted to email only, so those old teletype terminals might just have some use after all.

  6. ExtraSpecialCopper permalink
    January 12, 2007 23:33

    Give criminals access to police blogs. Perhaps we could brain wash them into being nice members of the comunity

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