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In all the years I have covered law enforcement, I have heard all sorts of stories about jail guards slipping contraband to inmates. I've heard of guards smuggling food, even high-priced salmon, liquor and cellular phones behind prison and jail walls.

When I spotted some new court documents Tuesday, I learned that inmates seem just as addicted to technology as the rest of us. Two corrections officers were arrested and charged with bribery for accepting several hundred dollars to smuggle iPods into the D.C. jail complex.

But the idea of smuggling iPods into jail got me thinking. FBI agents did not say in court papers whether the iPods came fully loaded with songs and movies, but the devices must have been stocked full of entertainment because jail inmates don’t have Internet connections to update their songs or television shows, right?

So, what did the FBI load onto those iPods?

E-mail us your five-song playlist to enter this first-ever Crime Scene contest.

Be creative. What would an undercover FBI agent load? A team of reporters and editors will judge the entries based entirely on cleverness. We'll announce the winner on Friday. I'll see if the editors give me permission to send the winner a Washington Post coffee mug.

If you are curious about why inmates are not allowed to have iPods, D.C. Corrections officials said in an e-mail this morning that "inmates may use the components of devices such as iPODS to compromise security equipment within the correctional facility. In addition, such items are in high demand and may be stolen or used by inmates to gamble with others…this has the potential to trigger conflict, assaults and other violent behavior."

Here are some FBI documents to inspire your song selection:


-- Del Quentin Wilber

By Del Wilber  |  December 2, 2009; 12:01 PM ET
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ok, here is my no particular order

1. Alice cooper - Inmates (We're all Crazy)
2. Led Zepplin - Gallows Pole
3. The Thrill Is Gone - B.B. King
4. Metallica - Fade To Black
5. Goodbye Cruel World - Pink Floyd

Posted by: cbmuzik | December 2, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

why was my submission taken out of this post?

Posted by: cbmuzik | December 2, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

sorry...browser is going

Posted by: cbmuzik | December 2, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Here is my list:
You've Really got a Hold on Me (The Miracles)

If I Coulda, Would, Shouda (Lou Rawls)

For the Love of Money (the O'Jays)

Make It Like it Was (Regina Belle)

A Change is Gonna Come (Sam Cooke)

Posted by: jfourth | December 2, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Tasteful contest. Stay classy.

Posted by: corones | December 2, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

No time to carefully craft 5 - but here's 1 (serious contestants please feel free to use): The Animals' classic "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place". :-D

Posted by: nan_lynn | December 2, 2009 7:09 PM | Report abuse

I don't think the Feds put too much thought into loading the iPods, so I think they only had the following song (maybe, a bit too obivous):

I Fought the Law (and the Law Won) - Sonny Curtis and numerous covers

Posted by: SugarMags | December 4, 2009 8:53 PM | Report abuse

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