If they hope to enjoy video games while incarcerated, British prisoners need to be very well behaved – or suicidal.
That’s according to a report on ITN which details a new video game directive from the UK’s Prison Service:
The document bans prisons from spending taxpayers’ money on buying hardware or computer games for inmates with immediate effect.
Last year the Government admitted spending more than £10,000 on 80 PlayStations and 15 Xboxes for young offender institutions… Only inmates on the highest level of Incentives and Earned Privileges (IEP) and those at risk of suicide will be allowed to play computer games.
In granting gaming rights to inmates who are suicide risks, the Prison Service seems to be accepting the idea that video games are a stress reliever.
Prisoners who do earn gaming priveleges won’t be playing GTA IV or Manhunt 2, however. R18 games will be banned from British prisons as of September.