Jan 27, 2011
Shades of James Dallas Egbert III! A judge has upheld the confiscation of rule-books and multi-sided dice on the grounds that D&D encourages gang activity and represents a threat to prison security.
As a friend of mine said, anyone have a +1 Hammer of Common Sense?
January 27, 2011 @ 12:51 pm
I’ve read a few articles and I tend to agree that this is a little much, however, we tend to forget that these are in prisoners, not vacationers. Do they really deserve “escapist entertainment” when the point is to be punished.
Also, you (and your friend) may want to rescind the “+1 Hammer” joke. The inmate in question is serving time for beating his sister’s boyfriend to death.
January 27, 2011 @ 2:27 pm
He was probably a dick anyway. Some people deserve to be beaten to death.
January 28, 2011 @ 8:57 am
Really? You had to be *that* guy?
January 27, 2011 @ 3:02 pm
The issue is not whether prisoners deserve to play a nerdy game or not. The issue is whether or not the game constitutes a threat, as this judge ruled. Anyone who would rule that way should be hit, albeit with nothing more than a cluebat.
(Also, prison should be as much about rehabilitation, where possible. Whether D&D plays any role there would be, again, another matter).
January 27, 2011 @ 8:28 pm
This happened to my friend several years ago. They used cards instead of dice, and played the rules from memory.
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