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Computer Child Porn in Canadian Prison?

Discussion in 'Issues Around the World' started by Advocat, Jan 16, 2003.

  1. Advocat

    Advocat Viral Memes a Speciality Staff Member

    According to Canadian prison officials, computers seized during a Christmas raid on inmate accessible systems show there was no "child porn" on them... but they're <u>still investigating</U> to see if any of the programs or images violated rules. Apparently there's a question of what "is" porn!

    Translation, it might not have precisely been child porn, but my sources tell me that there was pornography, <b>some of which included the heads of children transposed onto the bodies of adults</b> (so not, by Corrections standards "child porn"). Many of the inmates who had access to these systems are sex offenders. But Corrections Canada doesn't want to admit this...

    http://www.thewhig.com/webapp/sitepages/content.asp?contentid=19579&catname=Local+News
    "The Correctional Service of Canada is denying charges by a Canadian Alliance MP that an inmate child pornography ring has been discovered operating behind the walls of Kingston Penitentiary. As of last night, a joint investigation by the correctional service and police had found no child pornography. The correctional service says an investigation involving police was immediately launched and 10 computers belonging to inmates and three institutional computers were seized on Christmas Eve. Computer experts from the police were contacted and consulted, the statement continues. They indicated that there was no evidence of child pornography present on any of the computers or other materials seized. As a result, criminal charges are not being pursued. The internal investigation continues in order to determine if any unauthorized software, hardware or inappropriate images contrary to CSC policy are present on the seized computers.

    If this is true it just makes me sick. But Corrections Canada (the Federal service which oversees prisons, inmates and rehabilitation) is pretty much a sacred cow... if there's a problem, they get to investigate themselves, then decide what or how much to release to the public "for their own good".

    Sigh :mad:
     
  2. yazdzik

    yazdzik Veteran Member

    Inmate computers?
     
  3. ShinyTop

    ShinyTop I know what is right or wrong!

    LOL If I were Canadian I would hate to discover the inmates had better computers and higher connection speeds than I.
     
  4. Advocat

    Advocat Viral Memes a Speciality Staff Member

    Sure, sure, give me a hard time! ;)

    "Inmate computers" as in "computers belonging to inmates". This just shows you how furious this makes me, that I'd write a sentence like that. I've re-edited the original post so it makes a bit more sense.
     
  5. yazdzik

    yazdzik Veteran Member

    I knew that is what you meant. I am in shock, and I am hard, very hard to shock.
     
  6. Misu

    Misu Hey, I saw that.

    My question is the following:

    If sex offendors are being allowed access to the internet, why isn't there some sort of firewall blocking them from accessing sites containing certain subject matter? Why??

    Edit - actually, what is wrong with Prison officials?!?!
     
  7. mikepd

    mikepd Veteran Member

    What are inmates doing with personal computers even if they can't get on a network?
     
  8. Advocat

    Advocat Viral Memes a Speciality Staff Member

    Yaz... thanks. The report was very shocking. According to various news sources, the computers in questions were in an area where they could only be used under visual supervision by guards, so there is a very large question as to how/when the "possibly illegal materials" got on the systems.

    Under the prison regulations, prisioners can purchase their own computers for use in their cells (non-networked) for education and entertainment purposes. Any computer hooked to a network is supposed to be used by a prisioner only under supervision.

    Rehabilitation is the watchword for prison officials, by government mandate. So, all the items a prisoner needs to enable them to be "reintegrated" into society are available within the prison system, including computers.

    Unfortunately, the same prision system which can't stop the flow of drugs, weapons and other contraband to prisoners thinks that they can somehow magically stop them from misusing computer equipment. There's nothing to stop a prisioner from, say, having a network cracking program smuggled in, installing it on their personal computer, then hand-carrying their "homework" to one of the networked computers. Heck, a virus would work just as well.

    But they just don't seem to get that.
     

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