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Ohio Prison Shows Pirated Movies To Inmates 186

Posted by samzenpus
from the do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Richard Humphrey was sentenced to 29 months in prison for selling pirated copies of movies through the subscription-based USAWAREZ.com. He was later sent to the Lorain County prison in February for a parole violation and while he was a prisoner, he says guards showed inmates Ride Along and The Wolf of Wall Street before they were released on DVD. A spokesperson for Lorain County Correctional Institution Warden Kimberly Clipper said prison officials are aware that pirated movies are being shown to prisoners and the issue is being investigated. But she said she couldn't comment further because the investigation is ongoing."
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Ohio Prison Shows Pirated Movies To Inmates

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  • by Stormy Dragon (800799) on Monday May 19, 2014 @12:50PM (#47039239) Homepage

    Is The Wolf of Wall Street the kind of movie you should be showing prisoners anyways?

  • Well, these are criminals, after all (some of them may be actual pirates).
    Arrrgh... Of course they should be shown pirated movies.

  • by Lumpy (12016) on Monday May 19, 2014 @01:00PM (#47039341) Homepage

    Prisons break laws constantly, they are expected to violate rights, violate laws, etc... they are there only for punishing poor people.

    Show me millionaires that are in prison that go to general population prison.

    • Prisons break laws constantly, they are expected to violate rights, violate laws, etc... they are there only for punishing poor people.

      Show me millionaires that are in prison that go to general population prison.

      Um... not quite. Rich people are less likely to go to jail period (because they can afford better lawyers, are targeted less, and less frequently have incentive to commit crimes like bank robbery and burglary that get people caught). You really have to look at rich people who are convicted of burglary and poor people who are convicted of burglary before saying that the jails really just exist to punish the poor.

      As for rights, yes, prisons frequently violate rights, but consider the *flipside* of that. In

      • by jeffmeden (135043)

        It's not like prisons are trying to violate rights--they're generally trying to [fill in the blank]

        Of course not. What it IS like, is prisons are trying to turn a profit (lots of them are, anyway) and in doing so reduce the costs to the point where they (guards, admins, etc) have no choice but to abuse the prisoners just to keep them all in line.

      • by Moof123 (1292134)

        "less frequently have incentive to commit crimes like bank robbery"

        Why rob a bank when you can pay off a politician to make it legal for you to sell them rigged products and yank money out of the banks legally?

    • Bernie Madoff is in prison. He *used* to be a millionaire.
  • oh yeah... (Score:5, Informative)

    by Connie_Lingus (317691) on Monday May 19, 2014 @01:02PM (#47039355) Homepage

    as some of you know, i've spent time in the florida prison system...this stuff is SOP...prisons are basically just the streets with much higher prices.

    imo, its great that inmates get to watch illegal movies, brought in the guards, while smoking their illegal weed, often brought in by the guards (and of course through other less...sanitary? ways), while talking on their illegal cell phones, often brought in by...well, you already know.

    it's all mostly a big game...now i'm not saying people don't belong in prison, lord knows i've met plenty who do, but a dude running a pirate movie site?

    not really, imho at least.

  • Ride Along? (Score:5, Funny)

    by ThatsNotPudding (1045640) on Monday May 19, 2014 @01:07PM (#47039405)
    Wow; that *is* cruel and unusual punishment.

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