Jailhouse Webcam Experiment Nears the End

It was a hit when a jail in Tennessee decided to put in a webcam several years ago. The live, 24-hour video feed logged millions of viewers. Now the show may be over. Some jailcam viewers phoned up female guards and harassed them. Others tracked inmate movements to deliver contraband. A jail in Arizona has already shut down its webcam, after inmates sued. The judge ruled the webcam was humiliating.

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When a jail in Tennessee decided to put in a Webcam several years ago, it was a hit. The live 24-hour video feed logged millions of viewers. Now, the show may be over. Some jailcam viewers phoned up female guards and harassed them. Others tracked inmate movements to deliver contraband. A jail in Arizona had already shut down its Webcam after inmates sued. The judge who ruled the webcam was humiliating.

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