The Ghost of Snapped Shot

Or, welcome to my low-maintenance heck.

Prisons Find Their Limits: AoSHQ Lifestyle Banned

Looks like we finally know what the limits of the American prison system are.

Yes, you can lift weights, play basketball, watch television until your brain turns to mush... but don't even think about playing Dungeons & Dragons, you dirty criminal:

MADISON, Wis. — A man serving life in prison for first-degree intentional homicide lost his legal battle Monday to play Dungeons&Dragons behind bars.

Kevin T. Singer filed a federal lawsuit against officials at Wisconsin’s Waupun prison, arguing that a policy banning all Dungeons&Dragons material violated his free speech and due process rights.Prison officials instigated the Dungeons&Dragons ban among concerns that playing the game promoted gang-related activity and was a threat to security. Singer challenged the ban but the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday upheld it as a reasonable policy.

Dungeons&Dragons players create fictional characters and carry out their adventures, often working together as a group, with the help of complicated rules.

Singer, 33, has been a devoted player of the fantasy role-playing game since he was a child, according to the court ruling. After the ban went into effect, prison officials confiscated dozens of Dungeons&Dragons books and magazines in his cell as well as a 96-page manuscript he had written detailing a potential scenario for the game that players could act out.

Why do I have a feeling that Ace just might have more to say about this whole situation?



#1 upyernoz 26-Jan-2010

hey brian! i'm just stopping in to say "hi" from taraz, kazakhstan. i've been in kaz for the past month and will be here for 1-2 more. i haven't had a lot of time to argue in the comments here, but i wanted to make sure that my snapped shot friends don't forget about me.


happy new year!

#2 Brian C. Ledbetter 28-Jan-2010

Good to hear from you noz! That sounds like a totally fun trip - Stay safe, and be sure to take lots of pictures, good sir. Look forward to hearing the stories when you get back!


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