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    I spent an interesting few hours at a prison on Sunday. No, I have not been bad, not even naughty. But the inmates do spend a lot of time playing chess, and so I was looking at how feasible it was to support that need. Being a community volunteer in a prison is an interesting experience. Sure, there are police checks, and photo id to show each time, but the whole process is fairly easy to use and is not onerous. Your personal safety is always an issue anywhere you go, but it cannot be any worse in a prison, the way I can see it working.

    I am thinking of holding a session on a regular basis, for say 3 hours, one unit per visit. A unit consists of say 40-60 prisoners. The whole prison may hold 1000 prisoners. Sure, not all units or all prisoners will be interested in chess. But what I can do is not limited - teach chess, just play some chess, hold a simul or an event amongst the prisoners - and would be in response to their needs. If it gets organised enough, it could be inter-unit competitions - the winner to hold the conquest cup!

    If anyone has any suggestions, or has had experience before or whatever, please get in touch.

    Note that in NZ, volunteers do receive a $150 (3 x $50) petrol voucher following 6 prison visits a year.
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    I have a number of magazine subscribers in prisons in Australia.

    Chess magazines help pass the time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian_Jones View Post
    I have a number of magazine subscribers in prisons in Australia.

    Chess magazines help pass the time!
    Do they get a discount? Low income earners, you know

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian_Jones View Post
    I have a number of magazine subscribers in prisons in Australia.

    Chess magazines help pass the time!
    Did they threaten to make you their Shelia if you stop sending them Australasian Chess Magazine?
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    Two thumbs up for SHump
    The individual is hopeless without the group.
    The group is hopeless without its individuals.

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    Two thumbs up for SHump 2#.
    I remember when my uncle came out of jail, after 10 years being imprisoned in Bosnia ( I do not know how my Aunty fall for him). He became a known chess player in our City,
    (before in communist countries you would serve time in jail even even if you were innocent, so he had been trapped by some adults.) At the time he went in jail, he was only 17.
    But the weird story is just coming:
    At this time I was around 11 years old and wanted to learn more about chess.
    I was happy to hear that my uncle is good chess player and thought: " Great, my Aunty married a great man. Yeah, lectures for free. I am going to see him"
    But there was a huge suprise when I asked him to play a game against him.
    He said:" OK, but I am not wasting my time. I am only playing if money is on the table. Put 5 Dinar (like $5) and start your move, otherwise let's go fishing"
    I was a poor school boy had a some savings and put $5 on the table. And of course, I lost the game.
    My Uncle stood up, took my money (his money?) and said-
    "OK, let's go fishing"
    Then I said, "but...could you please coach me?"
    He replied: "I just did, analyse the game and think about your mistakes".
    Every time I played him, he took $5 with no mercy.
    However, his behaviour made me frustrated and I bought one of the chess books in the store and managed to at least to make a couple of draws in a years time.
    My question would be- Do people become cruel in prison and lose their ability to bond wit their families.?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amir Karibasic View Post
    [CODE]Do people become cruel in prison and lose their ability to bond wit their families.?
    Other way around. As a generalisation, families that do not bond (love and care) produce criminals.
    The individual is hopeless without the group.
    The group is hopeless without its individuals.

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    My question would be- Do people become cruel in prison and lose their ability to bond wit their families.?

    When teaching youngsters I was horrified at the stories they told me that their dads would play hard as guts against them when they were only beginners, and once the child beat the parent the parent never player them again. I heard this many times. Such lousey cruel parents

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    [CODE][QUOTE=Amir Karibasic;36869]
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    (before in communist countries you would serve time in jail even even if you were innocent,
     so he had been trapped by some adults.) At the time he went in jail,  he was only 17.
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    Are you sure that could only happen in communist countries?
    I remember many cases in the Western countries.
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    From Prisoner to Grandmaster

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian View Post
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    Why don't you post such messages on chesschat?
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