LAG OF LUXURY!
Prison vans to get flat screen tellies and DVDs
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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