Prison vans to get flat screen tel­lies and DVDs

Midweek Sport - - SPORT - By NEIL GOOD­WIN

PRISON vans will be kit­ted-out with flatscreen tele­vi­sions and DVD play­ers to stop lags get­ting bored.

The con­tro­ver­sial plans have been un­veiled by G4S – the se­cu­rity firm which trans­ports pris­on­ers be­tween jail and court in the UK.

The com­pany has de­fended the de­ci­sion to pimp the paddy wag­ons say­ing it will stop of­fend­ers be­com­ing “anx­ious”.

A G4S spokes­woman said: “Among the risks to pris­on­ers’ health, G4S are aim­ing to re­duce the anx­i­ety as­so­ci­ated with long jour­neys and ap­pear­ing at court and self-harm

or at­tempted sui­cides.


“The com­pany hopes to re­duce the like­li­hood of pris­on­ers dam­ag­ing the cell due to anx­i­ety or bore­dom.

“The sys­tems can show stan­dard chan­nels as well as DVDS re­lat­ing to gen­eral well­be­ing and giv­ing ad­vice on pris­on­ers’ rights.

“They won’t be watch­ing ac­tion movies or any­thing like that.”

Di­rec­tor David Denny added that some pris­on­ers in the Scot­tish High­lands had to en­dure ag­o­nis­ing eight-hour jour­neys.

He said: “The se­cu­rity, health and wel­fare of those peo­ple in our care are al­ways our top pri­or­i­ties.

“Pris­on­ers some­times have to be trans­ported long dis­tances for court ap­pear­ances.

“It is fea­si­ble that a young per­son might need to travel from Cen­tral Scot­land to the High­lands. That’s at least an eight-hour round trip.

“Many pris­on­ers suf­fer from a va­ri­ety of men­tal ill­nesses and dis­abil­i­ties in­clud­ing anx­i­ety and claus­tro­pho­bia.”

Labour jus­tice spokesman Lewis Mac­don­ald said: “Peo­ple will be ask­ing whether it’s the best use of pub­lic money to let pris­on­ers watch a movie when they are go­ing to court to be tried for se­ri­ous crimes.”

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