A Liverpool University Professor told a committe of Parliament that violent young offenders have access to violent video games and movies within U.K. detention facilities.
As reported by the Fleetwood Weekly News, Professor Kevin Browne made his remarks to the Home Affairs Committee:
If you go into local authority secure units or young offender institutions you will find that they are able to borrow from the library DVDs and computer games that are completely inappropriate given that they have been convicted of a violent offence.
They could borrow films like Rambo and violent video games like Carmageddon despite the fact that we recognise they are some of the most vulnerable people in society.
Browne blamed the problem on "laxity" by corrections officials said that violence caused by video games should be considered a public health issue.
GP: The Home Affairs Committee is chaired by Labour MP Keith Vaz, a longtime critic of violent video games. On the committee’s website, Vaz explains Prof. Browne’s March 20th appearance:
Throughout our inquiry we have tried to explore the reasons why young people carry and use weapons. Several witnesses have suggested that exposure to violent entertainment such as films or video games may trigger violent behaviour. We are therefore pleased to take more detailed evidence from Professor Kevin Browne on research in this area.