MP3 players in to be allowed in West Virginia prisons

The Bureau of Prisons is testing the idea by allowing MP3 players at a women's prison in West Virginia. If the idea works out, the music players would be allowed for some 200,000 inmates nationwide this year.

The prisoners could choose among a list of about a million approved songs. Obscene or racially charged songs would not be permitted.

The MP3 players would be sold at prison commissaries. A bureau spokeswoman says the music could help prisoners deal with idleness, boredom and stress.

Critics say inmates should not be allowed any more comforts in prison.

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