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1924 __ Shall prisoners have radio ?
Comment : “The day has gone by when prisoners are hung up by the thumb or stretched on the rack periodically to convince them that the way of the law is best. We nowadays see to it that prisoners have light and fresh air - two of life’s necessities without which any human being is soon transformed into a society-hating beast. Theoretically, any influence which will install into the prisoner’s mind the idea that law breaking doesn’t pay, that the life of unharried freedom outside the prison walls is the only be allowed in the prison but should be incroporated as part on its regular régime. What then about radio sets being allowed in prison cells ? The contact with the outside world which radio makes possible for the prisoner cannot do him any harm, the social reformers say, and may do him some good. A recent letter to us suggests that we express an opinion on the use of radio in prison. Having the normal amount of sympathy for the fellow who has been unfortunate enough to break the law and get caught (there are many law breakers who are not caught) one’s natural reaction is to say, “Surely, let radio do its bit to make the prison life a little brighter”. Abotu the time we reached this conclusion, along came an announcement from the warden of the Pennsylvania State Penitentiary that a prisoner who had been allowed to have a radio set in his cell had been receiving code messages from one his pals on the outside as to how dope would be smuggled into the prison. The scheme, according to the story, had been working succesfully. all of which goes to show that one’s sympathy may lead to an unjustified decision. So now we would say let the possession of a radio receiving set be allowed for “good conduct” to be immediately taken away for infringement of the prison rules. Such use of radio might prove quite an incentive to good behavior.”. (“The March of Radio”, conducted by J. Morecroft, In “RADIO BROADCAST”, Vol. VI, no. 1, NOVEMBER 1924, Garden City, N. Y., DOUBLEDAY, PAGE & COMPANY, 1924, pp. 36-37)
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