Prisoners in the U.S. of New York will get free tablet computers. The 54,700 free tablets are from a communications working with New York's prisons. The tablets will not be Internet-enabled. Prisoners will get , but monitored, online by plugging into special kiosks at times. Prisoners will be allowed to email an list of family and friends. They can order music, books and videos, and write about reports of . All of these activities will be carefully checked by prison .
Prisoner support welcomed the free tablet project. They called it a " step forward". A New York State official said the tablets would help prisoners stay to their families. It would tensions between prisoners and guards. However, police officers are questioning convicts are getting free tablets. Some said it was a good of how crime pays. A police officer said prisoners shouldn't get free tablets when people in society are struggling. He said: "Little is done for the , mentally ill, and hard-working people can't afford tablets."