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Colorado inmates’ tablets taken away for security reasons

tablet photo from pixabayDENVER (AP) — New concerns about the security of computer tablets offered to inmates prompted Colorado authorities to take away all 15,000 of its tablets from state prisoners.

The confiscation comes a week after Idaho officials said 364 inmates exposed a glitch in their tablets that they used to apply a total of $225,000 in credits to their accounts, which they spent to send emails, stream music, play games, read books or take classes.

Officials in Colorado declined to discuss the security issue that led them to confiscate the tablets. Department of Corrections spokesman Mark Fairbairn said Thursday prisoners were not using the tablets to hack into computer systems or to take money.

“It had nothing to do with what happened in Idaho,” Fairbairn said.

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