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Governor Blunt Announces Ban on All Video Games in Missouri Prisons

January 24, 2005
By: Jade Mingus
State Capital Bureau

Governor Blunt is cracking down on video games in Missouri state prisons.

Jade Mingus has more from Jefferson City on why even non-violent games are banned.

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Governor Matt Blunt issued an executive order that prohibited all types of video games from Missouri state prisons.

Blunt says that the purpose of prison is not entertainment.

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"Second, it's prison. You're in there because you committed some wrong against society, and it is a punitive institution and it's a correctional institution. Video games are not what you think of when you think of punitive and correctional."

Blunt also says he does not want to waste taxpayer's money in determining which games are violent and non-violent.

Blunt's executive order is effective immediately.

From the state Capitol, I'm Jade Mingus.

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Missouri state prioners can no longer possess and play video games. Jade Mingus has more from the state capitol.

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All video games both violent and non-violent are banned from Missouri state prisons. Governor Matt Blunt's executive order is effective immediately.

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"It is a correctional institution designed to ensure that they understand they committed a wrong act within society and they are being punished for that."

Blunt also says that it is not taxpayers' responsibility to pay for determining which video games are violent and non-violent.

Blunt said prisoners should be punished, not rewarded for their wrongs against society.

From the state Capitol, I'm Jade Mingus.