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ACLU wants porn for prisoners in South Carolina

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The American Civil Liberties Union's latest (and ever so slightly silly) crusade is a campaign to get pornography for prisoners at a South Carolina detention center.

Spurred by a possibly apocryphal report that prisoners at the facility were only allowed to read the Bible (which contains more violence and sex than your average Penthouse Forum letter), the ACLU wants inmates to be allowed to "read and view pornography." (Seriously, though, who reads anymore?)

Now, several of you may be thinking, gee, hasn't pornography been shown to increase thoughts of rape and forced sexual acts? And I would say why yes, yes it has. But the porn used in that study was typically hardcore, internet stuff. I doubt some tastefully airbrushed Playboys would really cause prison to become a more violent place. Plus, titillation is generally in the eye of the beholder. Who's to say that furnishing prisoners with copies of Lady Chatterley's Lover wouldn't have the same effect? 

In all seriousness, it's an interesting question. Is free speech a good enough reason to buy a non-essential (and arguably, not as enriching as, say, a textbook) item for prisoners? Or do you lose the right to masturbate when you commit a crime?