The figure, produced by an official audit, makes liars of ministers who have previously claimed that “only” £10,000 had been spent on game consoles.
The new audit shows that the Prison Services spent £221,726 on PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo systems and software to keep jailed criminals entertained. Currently there are 83,600 prisoners in jail in England and Wales.Officials at the department admitted that there was nothing to stop violent 18-rated games being played on taxpayer-funded machines and conceded that prison authorities may have purchased violent titles for some inmates.
Prisoners are allowed to play 18-rated games such as Grand Theft Auto and Manhunt, which are notorious for their extreme violence and encouragement of criminal behaviour. Grand Theft Auto, for example, rewards the player for each criminal enterprise successfully completed, whether it be murders, drug deals or violent assaults.
It was disclosed recently that thousands of inmates have access to Sky TV and computers, and last week it was revealed that more money is spent on food for prisoners in police cells than for NHS patients.
The British National Party’s policy on jails is clear: all the ridiculous socialist “feel good” policies which give rise to the above mentioned outrages will stop. Prison must be a punishment, not a recreation camp or training facility for future criminals.
Prisoners will be made to work, paid for their labour - and this money then paid over to their victims.