Originally Posted by TeamBoone
I know this off topic, but it's a pet peeve... I hate that inmates have Internet access. Personally, I don't think they should. Read a book instead.
Books are extremely hard to come by in prisons. There is almost no budget for them, so jails rely on donations (Books Behind Bars is one of the biggest organizations). But, unsurprisingly, prisons are not the first charity people think of when they want to give old books away, nor the most appealing for many.
Books are also more difficult to control in prison, especially high-security facilities. There are places to hide dangerous things in books and there is not staff to review every bit of all reading material that comes in, whereas internet usage can be regulated and moderated. You may not like them having access, but in some cases it's actually a safety precaution.