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The argument is between whether prison should remain a place where criminals are held and punished for their deeds or whether it should take the form of a reform house where people who have committed crime get a chance to transform and trained to become a responsible member of the society. This essay will first discuss the controversies and objections surrounding the use of Internet in prison. It will then proceed to argue the purpose of imprisonment in 21st century society, and discuss why providing controlled internet access to inmates is necessary and not a “luxury”. It will further try to establish the need by focusing on the results achieved by prisons which have provided controlled internet access to its inmates.