Prison inmates are to be banned from watching Sky TV as part of a crackdown on conditions in Britain’s jails, a Cabinet minister has said.
In an interview with the Mail on Sunday, Chris Grayling, the Justice Secretary, said it was unacceptable that those serving in some private prisons were able to enjoy satellite television and other perks beyond the budgets of many working families.
Mr Grayling is considering a range of measures to make life in Britain’s prisons less comfortable for criminals as part of an ongoing review expected to report in late spring.
Inmates may face greater restrictions on wearing their own clothes, fewer televisions and a cut in their pocket money.
It is understood the Justice Secretary is also unimpressed that some jails permit the use of mobile phones and even allow gay inmates to share cells.
When Mr Grayling took over at the Ministry of Justice last September he said: “I want to be a tough Justice Secretary”. His predecessor Ken Clarke attracted a reputation for being too liberal.
Any moves to toughen the conditions of Britain’s jails is likely to be fiercely resisted by prison reformers.
Source The Telegraph