Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Wisconsin Prisons claim D&D promotes gang-related activity.

In a seemingly throw-back to the anti-D&D 1980s, the Wisconsin Prison System removed
Dungeon & Dragons books from an inmate's cell, claiming that the material presented within
them "promoted gang-related activities."
The inmate, Kevin T. Singer, serving a life in prison sentence for first-degree intentional homicide,
filed an appeal with the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals against Wisconsin's Waupun Prison. The
court upheald that the prison's policy (initiated in 2004 to eradicate all D&D game materials) was reasonable,
and as such the prison will not allow Dungeons & Dragons material to be available within it's walls.
Now, we're the last inviduals to chime in on the topic of what should and should not be allowed
within the confines of a prison cell, but we are really alarmed by the reason given by the Waupun prison.
After extensive research by many great individuals into tabletop role-playing games, we can not find any
statistics to back up this claim by the prison system. Perhaps it is the fault of the pool of individuals surveyed,
as I do not believe that a proper study has been done on imprisioned players, so we're not going to say
that it may be outright false. However, we would love to hear the reasoning and events or actions by inmates
that led to the policy being enacted.
It is with this reason that we have copied the below contact information for the Warden of the prison in
question, taken directly from the correctional facility's website. Please give a call or send a quick
and polite email requesting the reasoning, or a letter to the address below.

Mr. Michael Thurmer, Warden
200 S. Madison St, PO Box 351
Waupun, WI 53963-0351
Phone: 920-324-5571
Fax: 920-324-7250

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