Wisconsin inmate loses Dungeons and D...

Wisconsin inmate loses Dungeons and Dragons fight

There are 44 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Jan 25, 2010, titled Wisconsin inmate loses Dungeons and Dragons fight. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

A convicted murderer serving life in prison in Wisconsin has lost his legal battle to play Dungeons and Dragons behind bars.

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Mike

Saint Paul, MN

#1 Jan 25, 2010
D&D promoting gang activity? No way! All it promotes is the player not getting enough exercise or sunlight.

JTY

Since: Sep 08

Olathe, KS

#2 Jan 25, 2010
Gang related activity? I am sure we are all terrified of a gang of D&D players.
The Golf Guy

Apopka, FL

#3 Jan 25, 2010
The fact that this case went to court, says a lot about what we've become. We are so damned concerned about a convicted murderer, yet ignore hard working people.
Mongo

Plymouth, MN

#4 Jan 25, 2010
Hang the bastard! We don't need to turn our prisons into to game rooms.
Fong

Plymouth, MN

#5 Jan 25, 2010
he lost his rights when he was convited of murder!
James

Minneapolis, MN

#6 Jan 25, 2010
Absurd. What a joke.
Seriously

College Park, MD

#7 Jan 25, 2010
Hey, The Golf Guy!

"We" are so concerned about him? Did "we" sue the prison over D&D? I'm pretty sure this convicted murderer was the one who decided to bring this to the courts. It really didn't have anything to do with "us" wanting to protect his rights. Check your unfounded anger at the door!

JTY

Since: Sep 08

Olathe, KS

#8 Jan 25, 2010
The Golf Guy wrote:
The fact that this case went to court, says a lot about what we've become. We are so damned concerned about a convicted murderer, yet ignore hard working people.
Are you kidding? Life w/o D&D is almost enough to make murder not worth it.

“Who, me?”

Since: Jun 08

Amery

#9 Jan 25, 2010
Prison is meant to be punishment.
If you enjoy things like D&D, don't commit crimes that get you locked up for the rest of your life.

And, to everyone scoffing at the gang link, D&D can be used to discuss gang activity while hiding it as gameplay.
Tellsitlikeitis

Motley, MN

#10 Jan 25, 2010
Dear Mr Singer: heres how to play all the D and D you want: STAY OUT OF PRISON YOU FLAMING IDIOT!
yeahhhh

Storm Lake, IA

#11 Jan 25, 2010
Yeah...most of the people I've seen play it appear to be just the most violent/murderous type hahahahaaaa...If anything it would be a good way to geekify someone.
WTF

Saint Paul, MN

#12 Jan 25, 2010
Does he still get to wear his +3 ass armor into the shower.
Jerusalem Jones

Raleigh, NC

#13 Jan 25, 2010
"...promotes gang related activity." Really? Are they afraid he's going to recruit other inmates to attack a horde of orcs? Most gangs that I hear about would rather go out and commit crimes than sit around a table pretending to be a wizard or a warrior.

Our legal system is based around the concept of reform -- otherwise, why have limited sentences or the possibility of parole. We allow prisoners to read books, to take classes, to work, to exercise, to play games. None of know the exact details about his charges or conviction, just that he committed murder. At what point do we decide that we jut want to simply punish criminals, and not try and reform them.
what the

Minneapolis, MN

#14 Jan 25, 2010
He's a convicted murderer. I think he forgot to protect the rights of the person he killed. These kinds of stories make me sick.
Mandamus

Edmonton, Canada

#15 Jan 25, 2010
How about the Koran and the Bible then? when are they going to ban those?
oldprude

Saint Paul, MN

#16 Jan 25, 2010
LOL!!!! DandD promotes gang-related activity? ROFL!!! We are done as a society! Idiots!
Yes We Can

Minneapolis, MN

#17 Jan 25, 2010
What a total waste of money provided by TAXPAYERS to pay for this loser's attorney. Give me a break.
Ma Kettle

Fergus Falls, MN

#18 Jan 25, 2010
The only thing this convicted murder has the right to receive is a nutrishous gruel. That is all he should get.
Hedgehog

Saint Paul, MN

#19 Jan 25, 2010
Jerusalem Jones wrote:
"...promotes gang related activity." Really? Are they afraid he's going to recruit other inmates to attack a horde of orcs? Most gangs that I hear about would rather go out and commit crimes than sit around a table pretending to be a wizard or a warrior.
Our legal system is based around the concept of reform -- otherwise, why have limited sentences or the possibility of parole. We allow prisoners to read books, to take classes, to work, to exercise, to play games. None of know the exact details about his charges or conviction, just that he committed murder. At what point do we decide that we jut want to simply punish criminals, and not try and reform them.
All we know is that he "just committed murder". No big deal. Give the poor guy his dice and wizards hat. And sex offenders "just rape children". We should attempt to reform all these poor violent offenders and release them to do it again. We should all get one murder or rape before society gives up on us.
Jon

Saint Paul, MN

#20 Jan 25, 2010
I'd rather have prision inmates playing D&D than fighting and killing for real.

People need at least a small amount of mental stimulation to keep them from going insane. If we want to have long-term inprisonments we have to accept that 'idle hands do the devil's work'

Which might mean there is too much free time in prison.

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