Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Prison Inmate Sues for Right to Play Dungeons & Dragons; Loses When Game Determined to Promote Gang Activity

Kevin T. Singer filed a lawsuit against officials at Wisconsin's Waupun prison after a policy was initiated in 2004 to eradicate all Dungeons and Dragons game materials among concerns that playing it promotes gang-related activity.

The 33-year-old Singer is a devoted player of the fantasy role-playing game that involves recruiting others to play as a group. He argued that his First Amendment rights were being violated and demanded that Dungeons and Dragons material confiscated from his cell be returned.

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Rev. Jeremy Smith said...

That's silly. I would think teamwork, reliance on others, and goals would be neutral lessons that could be used for ill or good.

John said...


The court argued that one of the purposes of prison is to punish a person by taking away the activities that s/he enjoys. That's a reasonable argument. But that D&D is a gang activity? That's as silly as the people in the 80s who said that it was demonic.

James R. Rummel said...

Good post.