Do you think role playing games like D&D can lead to gang behavior? The U.S. Wisconsin’s Waupun Correctional Institution thinks so.
Kevin T. Singer, a prisoner in Wisconsin’s Waupun Correctional Institution, who in 2004 had his D&D materials confiscated.
Singer, imprisoned for bludgeoning his sister’s boyfriend to death with a sledgehammer, has sued the facility for violating his First Amendment rights. But on Jan. 25, 2010, the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the ban … because Waupun believes D&D promotes gang-related activity.
According to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, when Captain Muraski, the prison’s gang specialist, testified:
He explained that the policy was intended to promote prison security because co-operative games can mimic the organization of gangs and lead to the actual development thereof. Muraski elaborated that during D&D games, one player is denoted the “Dungeon Master.” The Dungeon Master is tasked with giving directions to other players, which Muraski testified mimics the organization of a gang.
A man serving life in prison for first-degree intentional homicide lost his legal battle today to play Dungeons & Dragons behind bars.
Kevin T. Singer filed a federal lawsuit against officials at Wisconsin’s Waupun prison, arguing that a policy banning all Dungeons & Dragons material violated his free speech and due process rights.
Prison officials instigated the Dungeons & Dragons ban among concerns that playing the game promoted gang-related activity and was a threat to security. Singer challenged the ban but the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday upheld it as a reasonable policy.
Well first and foremost I think this Singer jackass should have little to no rights at having fun. Say it with me people, MUR-DER. It’s like being rewarded for doing the worst thing imaginable. Break it down. I don’t have work. I don’t have bills. All I have to do is eat, sleep, and play D&D with a bunch of buddies…Hmm…I don’t think that really is fair to the rest of society. If this was Krynn, this asshole would be hung, beheaded, or fed to the Grey Render.
However, gaming leading to gang related behavior? That’s some of the stupidest shit I’ve ever heard. Prisoners form bands, basketball teams, etc. Evidently that is not gang activity but D&D is.
I hate Singer, the murderous fuck-head as much as the next guy, but on the other hand, he brought in Paul Cardwell, chair and archivist of the Committee for the Advancement of Role-Playing Games, who testified that “there are numerous scholarly works establishing that role-playing games can have positive rehabilitative effects on prisoners.”
Well now, that’s entirely different cans a worms now isn’t it? Prison is meant for two things. 1. Punishment. 2. Rehabilitation. D&D is a social experience that teaches math and invites creativity. If nobody wants to play D&D with you then you suck at life. On the other hand, letting someone who killed another human being with a sledgehammer play a character of that type enables him to relive his murder over and over each time he slays an enemy.
Oi! This is such a debatable subject. I can sway one way or another. So many arguments can be made. Why don’t you all tell me how you feel on the subject.