MP3 players in to be allowed in West Virginia prisons
Federal prisoners could soon get MP3 players to listen to music, behind bars. But that's hitting a sour note with some critics.
The Bureau of Prisons is testing the idea by allowing MP3 players at a women's prison in West Virginia. If the idea works out, the music players would be allowed for some 200,000 inmates nationwide this year.
The prisoners could choose among a list of about a million approved songs. Obscene or racially charged songs would not be permitted.
The MP3 players would be sold at prison commissaries. A bureau spokeswoman says the music could help prisoners deal with idleness, boredom and stress.
Critics say inmates should not be allowed any more comforts in prison.
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