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Video games curbing violence in Oregon prisons


The Oregon prison system has been experimenting with a new item in its non-cash incentive program, video games. Inmates earn the right to purchase a $35 gaming console, pre-loaded with 50 titles, after 18 months of good behavior. In the case of Kodi Dodgin, the games have helped him to stay out of trouble for almost two years—Dodgin had been placed in disciplinary segregation seven times prior to his good behavior efforts. Dodgin's game of choice? Star Ally.

"You get all these weapons and you've got to beat the four boss men," Dodgin told The Associated Press. "You kill your enemies. They let off these bubbles sometimes. You collect their bubbles, and you get all these weapons." Hmmm, he sure sounds excited about all 'dem weapons...

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