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August 11, 2009

PRISONERS STEALING POEMS TO WIN PRIZES

Telegraph, UK - A project to encourage prisoners to explore their inner self through verse has suffered a setback after inmates were caught plagiarising poems in a bid to win a L25 prize. . .

The prisoners' newspaper Inside Time has introduced strict checks on its poetry page because some contributors had copied out well-known poems and submitted them under their own names.

In one case an inmate stole work by Robert Frost, the American poet, and another lifted song lyrics from James Brown, the soul and funk singer who died in 2006. . .

"We now check every poem selected before going to print," the newspaper's editors said in a warning printed in this month's edition.

1 Comments:

Anonymous I adore Alfie Kohn's brawny brain said...

It was the giving a monetary reward, an extrinsic reward, that undermined the intent of this program. The prisoners were no longer seeking the intrinsic reward of writing about their self-experience/thoughts.

August 13, 2009 10:23 AM  

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