Missouri Pulls Video Games From Prison
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Prison officials are no longer allowing Missouri's most violent criminals to have access to video games with titles like "Hitman: Contracts."
Officials on Wednesday pulled 35 of more than 80 Sony PlayStation 2 games from the recreation center at the state's new maximum-security facility after being told they simulate murder, carjackings and the killing of police officers.
"We didn't closely review these," said Dave Dormire, superintendent of Jefferson City Correctional Center, which opened in September. "We were told these games had more like cartoon violence."
The games, paid for with profits from purchases at the prison canteen, included some of the most violent on the market, including "Hitman: Contracts." In the game, players use everything from meat hooks to silencer-equipped pistols to carry out brutal contract killings.