Looking for a mostly impenetrable zombie hideout with a handball court, solitary confinement cells, and a piggery? According to the New York Times, New York State is closing prisons and looking to offload a bunch of the decaying former forced sodomy palaces, inmates not included, but the amenities? Well, they’re surprisingly in abundance according to the Times.
“One property, in the Hudson Valley, includes a 16-car garage, a piggery and hundreds of yards of lake frontage.
A cell in the former Oneida Correctional Facility in Rome, which was one of several state prisons closed in recent years in response to budget concerns.
Another offers 69 acres of waterfront land on the west shore of Staten Island, complete with a two-story gymnasium, a baseball diamond and an open-air pavilion.
Those seeking seclusion have an option, too: 20 acres adjoining state forest land in rural Schoharie County, perfect for hunting, trapping and fishing. The property comes with its own wastewater- and sewage-treatment plants, as well as a chapel and a carpentry shop.”
Interested in finding out more about these properties? Well, if you’re serious about buying a used prison you can check out the New York Business First property locator website. If, however, our market research is dead on and none of our readers are eccentric billionaires or wannabe cult leaders, and you just want to look at pictures of an abandoned prison and imagine an endless game of hide and go seek, well, you can check out the official Flickr page. Yes, there is a Flickr page, and I found it via their Facebook page.
Sources: The New York Times, IO9
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.
Those eyes are freaking me out man!
You know, anything now a days can be considered torture if done right. Hell, even a fat boy like me would consider it torture if I was forced to eat 5 bowls of ice cream a day everyday. It seems one Florida inmate has filed a lawsuit claiming that he is being tortured by the jail because he is being “forced” to watch the same movie over and over again.
James Poulin, who’s in jail for killing someone while driving intoxicated, is not happy with the movie choices since the jail facility was forced to drop cable due to the digital transition and thought the taxpayers doesn’t need to pay for the facilities cable bill. The movie choices you ask? The facility seems to only show Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk Down, and The Polar Express on repeat. It seems that Poulin doesn’t mind the war flicks but does have a problem with Robert Zemeckis’ film and is suing to get more choices of flicks.
While I can understand that maybe being forcde to watch those dead-eyed kids over and over again can be painfu,l but dude, you’re in jail and the moment you decided to drive drunk and kill someone, let’s just say that I don’t think you have the option to choose whatever movie you want to watch. Hell, I say Poulin is lucky to be able to watch anything seeing how the facility doesn’t really need to show them movies.
What do y’all think? You think he is being “tortured” by watching the same film over and over again or do you think he is getting what he deserves? Also, what movie would you considered to be painful to watch over and over again? Tell us by leaving a comment after the break.