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Old 02-03-2010, 09:12 PM
Lokikun Lokikun is offline
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Question Music [tape player or CD player?]

Hey All,

I have a question for you guys. I'm kind of really new to the pen pal thing, but I have been lurking around these boards for a while. It's been too soon to hear back from the three people I've written so far, but I've been thinking about ways to really brighten their day when they get their mail. I know there are some wonderful threads with suggestions on riddles and puzzles and whatnot, but I was wondering about sending music into the prisons (in general, mostly because I don't know who will end up writing back yet, etc etc). Music is a very large part of my life, and I imagine that whatever music they have in there with them they might be bored of after a while. I've heard (and I don't know if it's true or not) that CDs are generally not allowed (there was an article a little while back about how cassette tapes are huge in prisons), and I've also read that with books/magazines they generally have to come directly from the publisher.

My question is do most inmates have walkmans/radios with a cassette player, and in general are they allowed to receive mixed tapes? If cassettes have to be sent directly from the publisher like books and magazines, does anyone have any suggestions on music companies that still make cassette tapes? I was even considering buying cheap USB drives to send MP3s on if inmates were allowed to have MP3 players, but I don't know A) if USB drives are allowed to be sent in, B) if most inmates would have any way to access the files on the USB drive, or C) if inmates are even allowed to have MP3 players.

This is a topic that I haven't found much information on, and I'd love to hear all of your input/experiences.

Thank You!
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