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Federal prison lets W.Va. inmates buy MP3 players under program set to go nationwide
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) ' Hundreds of female inmates at a federal prison in West Virginia are testing a program to bring the quality of entertainment behind bars into the 21st century.
More than 400 inmates have spent about $70 apiece to buy MP3 players from the commissary in the Federal Prison Camp at Alderson.
U.S. Bureau of Prisons spokeswoman Traci Billingsley says the program is essentially a technology update because inmates have been able to buy radios for decades.
If it works in West Virginia, it will be rolled out to other federal facilities in late spring or early summer.
Billingsley says keeping inmates occupied helps promote safety, particularly in overcrowded prisons where stress, conflict and the risk of violence is high.