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New law bans porn in prisons

Why would anyone wish to be in possession of pornographic material in prison? To have an easy way of releasing sexual tensions, must be probably the best excuse one can give. Unless you are an old timer who fucks other people’s asses in jail, you would rather have something to fap on.

But very unluckily for prisoners in the state of South Dakota because they may have to look for alternative wanking material. This is after the state’s prisons system imposed a statewide ban on porn in prisons. The issue was outstretched by an inmate who claims to have been prohibited from accessing seemingly innocuous items because the prison thought of them as porn. They included a yoga magazine, images of classical nudes from Michelangelo, and manga. Looking deeper into the matter.

Erotic content

The inmate, Charles Sisney, has been serving a life sentence after being convicted of murdering his girlfriend in 1997. During his time in the South Dakota State Penitentiary, two porn bans have been imposed. One that was a bit more lenient in 2004 and another more restrictive in 2014. The 2014 one bans prisoners from writing explicit letters or receiving the explicit material, written or visual. In short, leave alone reading porn content, the prisoners are not allowed to flirt with their girlfriends through letters.

According to lawyer Steven Morrison, the law is a violation of First Amendment rights. He said that the only way such material can be restricted is if it is a matter of national security. “But there’s no evidence of that in this case. It is literally unprecedented. The policy prohibits an entire class of speech, sexually explicit content, and goes beyond that. There are no exceptions.” He said.

According to reports, the prison had denied Sisney access to two erotic novels, “Thrones of Desire” and “Pride and Prejudice: The Wild and Wanton Edition.” Images of classical nudes from Michelangelo, and copies of “Pretty Face,” a Japanese romcom manga, all items that had been mailed to him as gifts. The law states that any materials can be withheld if the prison deems it ‘explicit’.

Apparently, porn is a health risk

The prison’s stance on porn is aligned with that of the state, with South Dakota lawmakers declaring porn a public health risk last year. According to the lawmakers, porn “harms men, women, and children” and has gained a broader influence due to the increased use of smartphones and the internet in younger generations. The resolution says porn leads to risky sexual behavior, eating disorders and low self-esteem. Who elects these people?

It is also to be remembered that Florida passed a similar resolution, surprisingly on the same day they refused to impose a ban on assault weapons. Am I the only person in the house who thinks these folks have their priorities misplaced?

A federal appeals panel, however, has ordered a district judge to determine whether the South Dakota prison system policy barring pornography is constitutional. The panel ordered Sisney’s claims be re-examined based on the 2014 policy.

Porn reading rooms

In related news, Iowa Department of Corrections introduced a bill seeking to ban “porn reading rooms” used by inmates in state correctional facilities. The bill would also prohibit inmates from having nude photos. The bill was advanced in January by an Iowa Senate subcommittee despite fears that it could worsen offenders’ sexual frustrations.

According to Michael Savala, the Iowa prison system’s general counsel, “The department really feels that inmates having access to that kind of material does not lead itself to pro-social thinking and behavior and as far as our responsibilities to change the mindset of the offender as they transition back into the community,” he said.

Iowa has about 8,300 inmates locked in 9 state prisons. Inmates are not permitted to browse the Internet for pornographic websites.

The law seeks to eliminate special prison rooms in which inmates could read the sexually oriented material. As things stand, offenders check out publications and must be escorted to a private reading area. When the inmate is finished studying the publication, the magazine must be taken back to a staff person, who inspects it to confirm that no pages have been detached and no contraband has been inserted into it, according to Savala.

Statistics reveal that the number of sex offenders in Iowa’s prisons has grown significantly since the 1980s and 1990s and prison officials want to keep sexually oriented publications away from them.

Not that every lawmaker supported the bill. Rich Taylor, D-Mount Pleasant argued that the piece of legislation overlooks the point that male inmates do have a sex drive.

That is just a fact, and you have to have some way to relieve that,” Taylor said. “This gives the inmates no release point except another offender, and don’t think that it doesn’t happen. This will make it worse. They will have no other alternatives for their relief. I think that this is a bad idea.” By this, the senator means that more people are going to be fucked in the ass by their fellow inmates. Not exactly the kind of news inmates in American prisons would have loved to hear.

Conclusion

Even with the special porn-reading rooms, I still feel it’s a bit humiliating to have a designated pornography reading where a guard is supervising you. But now even that is being taken away, the prisoners’ time in the coolers just got a lot more frustrating. I can’t help but feel for them.

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