Crouch Disgusted With Free Tablets for Inmates Proposal

February 5, 2018

Assemblyman Clifford W. Crouch (R-Bainbridge) showed his displeasure with a new initiative announced by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) in which inmates would receive tablets free of charge. The tablets would be supplied by JPay, with the program starting this spring or summer.

“I am disgusted that such an initiative would even be imagined,” said Crouch. “Prisoners are serving sentences for crimes they committed against society; we should not be giving them gifts that will make their time served easier. This initiative doesn’t even factor in what crimes the inmates committed, so are we going to be giving tablets to murderers and others who have committed violent crimes?”

It is estimated that New York had roughly 52,000 inmates as of March 2016. JPay currently provides tablets to inmates in 14 states.

“I will never support an initiative that puts our correction officers in danger,” said Crouch. “Inmates use all kinds of objects as weapons already; they certainly could find a way to turn a tablet into a weapon. Only in New York is it possible to break the law, go to prison, and receive a free college education and tablet to go along with it. It’s absolutely disgraceful.”