Today has seen a full scale clampdown in UK prisons throughout the UK as all prisoners are now banned from watching any violent and/or sexually explicit films.
Prisoners in England and Wales have lost their 18 certificate film perks today as modifications to the Incentives and Earned Privileges (IEP) scheme resulted in films like Saw and Hostel being removed from the list of films which can be screened at prisons.
These modifications were announced by Justice Secretary Chris Grayling who went on to comment that these prohibitions will also include the removal of all cable and satellite television perks in private prisons.
According to Mr Grayling the reasoning behind the modifications lies with the fact that It is simply not right that some prisoners are dwindling their prison days away watching daytime television while the rest of us have to head out to work each day to earn a living.
Prisoners will also have to earn the right to wear their own clothes now and will be forced to wear prison uniforms until they have proved themselves. On entering a prison, all male inmates will be required to wear prison uniform. Grayling commented “For too long, there has been an expectation that privileges are an automatic right, given simply as a reward for staying out of trouble. This cannot continue.”
This scheme, which is intended to be implemented over the course of the next six months, has already met criticism from many such as Frances Crook, chief executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform. She was amazed that the Justice Secretary is spending so much time controlling what inmates get to watch, particularly to such an extent that content such as “Scary Movie 2 or series three of The Inbetweeners will be banned.”
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