China may need to work on their punishments.
From a country that has had some brutal treatment of people, this throws me off. Maybe if they were forcing them to play some crappy games. If you don't earn enough you get beaten, but in most cases you're going to get beaten anyhow. About 300 prisoners have been forced to play 12 hours at a time. Chinese officials say it's not happening because they wouldn't allow the inmates to have contact with the outside world.
What do you think about this? When you consider how much money people have made by selling items and characters in various MMO's it makes sense. The other manual labor that prisoners are forced to do can be much harder on them so in comparison this really isn't so bad. Would you rather be digging holes, picking up trash in the sun, or playing MMO's?
Keep in mind the prisoners aren't getting any of the money, but prisoners here in the US only make small amounts for the work they do. And they are getting beaten, so there is definite mistreatment there. I wonder where they came up with the idea to do this? Do any of you doubt they are doing it? Should it be adapted here, you know minus the beatings?