If You’ve Ever Wanted to Watch a Prison-Administered Polygraph Test, Now’s Your Chance
Though YouTube has strict guidelines when it comes to uploading video content on the site, that hasn't stopped millions of users from showcasing oddities from time to time. If we were to say that someone uploaded footage of a man undergoing a prison-administered polygraph test -- something that more often than not isn't meant for public view -- over the past weekend, you'd probably guess that it's already been pulled and the feds are knocking on the user's door already. In any other situation that would be the case, but this video of convicted murderer Luke Mitchell being questioned was not only posted publicly on YouTube with legal permission, but it is also possibly the first of its kind to be presented publicly on the Internet.Read on...
Brazilian Prisoners Can Now Bike Their Way to Freedom
Apparently, prison can be pretty boring. That's on top of it being, well, prison. Plus you've got all that potential labor just sitting around doing nothing terribly productive. Why not utilize it? That's what Santa Rita do Sapucaí prison in Brazil is doing. For every 16 hours prisoners put in on a set of special bicycles, they will remove a day from their sentence. You see, these bikes are charging batteries from the effort. So they're trading hard time for the most literal form of manpower in existence.Read on...
Prisoners Build the Darndest Things: Impressive Things Prisoners Have Illegally Built
Where there's a will, there's a way and prisoners have a pretty strong will to do several things: hurt each other, escape, and make and hide contraband. Although you might not think the prisoners in our jails are the brightest fellows, they have created some pretty intense things from what little they had available. Like the makeshift shotgun above. Photographer Marc Steinmetz has put together a collection of some of the more impressive inventions found in prisons. Kind of makes you wonder what's out there that hasn't been found. Check after the jump for pictures of some more creations including a pistol and a tattoo gun.Read on...
Thieves Break Into Prison, Steal 50-Inch Plasma TV
In a perfect example of "you're doing it wrong," thieves broke into New Zealand's New Plymouth Prison and escaped with a fifty-inch big-screen plasma television. A fire at the jail alerted firefighters to the crime scene when it set off sprinklers ten minutes before midnight. Firefighters arrived on the scene to find curtains in an administration building that were deliberately set on fire, noticed a window that was forced open, and called the police. In yet another instance of "you're doing it wrong," the thieves supposedly made off with the television on foot.
The thieves were either very brave, or absolutely ridiculous, as they chose to break into a minimum-to-high security prison, rather than an electronics store, to steal a plasma television, when everyone knows the only reason to break into prison is to steal your brother.
(Stuff.co.nz via Nothing To Do With Arbroath)Read on...
Inmate Can’t Play Dungeons & Dragons, Because It’s A “Gang-Related Activity”That's right: a prisoner in Wisconsin who described himself as a "very serious" Dungeons & Dragons player was denied his ability to play the game by a Court of Appeals after a lengthy legal battle with the prison officials who banned him from D&D in 2004. The prisoner, Kevin T. Singer, is currently serving a life sentence for murder. The ban is less interesting than the reasoning behind it: this being that Dungeons & Dragons "promotes gang-related activity."Read on...