Up in Arms: Winnipeg Police Union Upset over GTA IV in Manitoba Jail

August 22, 2011 -

The Winnipeg police union is up in arms over inmates at Headingley Correctional Centre in Manitoba having access to Grand Theft Auto IV... in 2008. The union calls the situation "absolutely disgusting" and says that prisoners were treated to a game that glorifies violence, crime and cop-killing.

Grand Theft Auto IV was one of many video games available to inmates at the Headingley Correctional Centre. The games were purchased by staff members who had the power to buy whatever games they wanted. Greg Skelly, Superintendent at the Headingley Correctional Centre, says that once the game was discovered by his office, it was quickly pulled.

"In 2008, that particular game was discovered here and it was pulled that very day," Greg Skelly, the facility's superintendent, said in an interview Friday with the Toronto Sun. "Our staff would have made an error in purchasing it. Our inmates obviously aren't going to the store and buying these games."

Skelly did not have specifics about how long the game was available, but added "I don't think it was very long."

Winnipeg Police Association president Mike Sutherland said that he was happy to hear that the game was quickly removed, but wondered why it was purchased in the first place.

"I'm alarmed that it happened in the first place... Certainly it's a mistake, but I look at it from a common-sense perspective, and it doesn't make any sense," he said. The local head of a taxpayer watchdog group agrees, and offers some sassy comments on the matter.

"It's pretty shocking. You'd think the name Grand Theft Auto sums it up pretty well," said Colin Craig, Prairie director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. "It's pretty disappointing that this would be in a provincial jail, a game featuring shooting police and innocent people."

Craig recently blasted the Headingley jail after an ex-guard leaked details about the perks that inmates enjoy at the jail which includes video games and big-screen TVs.

"I don't think anyone minds if inmates have a deck of playing cards or magazines after a hard day of cleaning up a park -- not high-end video games," he said.

Skelly said the institution has changed its policies on purchasing video games. The facility no longer purchases "Mature" rated games. Now everything must be rated "E" or "Teen." Most of the games they have purchased since that incident in 2008 are sports-themed, he added.

Source: Toronto Sun. Image via.


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Re: Up in Arms: Winnipeg Police Union Upset over GTA IV in ...

So I guess the Winnipeg Police Union would rather have the prisoners kill police officers in real life than in a video game...

Re: Up in Arms: Winnipeg Police Union Upset over GTA IV in ...

The first problem with your statement is that you assume that inmates want to kill police officers.

The second problem with your statement is that you assume that those who want to kill police officers would be satiated by doing so virtually.

The third problem with your statement is that you need to calm the crap down and think through what you are writing.

Re: Up in Arms: Winnipeg Police Union Upset over GTA IV in ...

Yes, yes, and yes. There are inmates that want to kill inmates, there are inmates who would, if doing so virtually, would be less likely to do it in real life, and obviously, you are a troll.

Re: Up in Arms: Winnipeg Police Union Upset over GTA IV in ...

If we want to punish inmates, there should be a selection of games: Bullet Witch, Desert Bus, X-Blades, Rogue Warrior. OR give them My Horse and Me and other games aimed at girls.

Re: Up in Arms: Winnipeg Police Union Upset over GTA IV in ...

I was thinking how I don't think prisoners should get the luxury of video games, then I read that they pretty much just get new versions of madden every year. So I feel better. Can I send them a copy of the next Pixar movie port?

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Re: Up in Arms: Winnipeg Police Union Upset over GTA IV in ...

It's nice to see that Headingly is still the nations punching bag, no matter what the case.

Back when i was managing EB Games, i dealt with the person from a different prison, who was in charge of buying things like this for prisoners. All I can say is that this story is soooo far from fact, that it's not worth going into. Some idiot reporter thought he found another way to take a shot at headingly, and he did just that.

Personally i'm sick of it.

Re: Up in Arms: Winnipeg Police Union Upset over GTA IV in ...

I'm not that concerned over fictional depictions of cop-killings, mainly because of the real-life bad apples who get off nearly scot-free thanks to their Mafia's code of Omerta Blue Wall of Silence, like those two cops who were recently acquitted of a 2008 rape, shortly before another cop rapes a woman at gunpoint.

岩「…I can see why Hasselbeck's worried about fake guns killing fake people. afterall, she's a fake journalist on a fake news channel」

Re: Up in Arms: Winnipeg Police Union Upset over GTA IV in ...

"Winnipeg Police Association president Mike Sutherland said that he was happy to hear that the game was quickly removed, but wondered why it was purchased in the first place."

My guess would be the inmates aren't the only ones playing video games.  It was probably purchased because that's what the staff wanted to play.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Up in Arms: Winnipeg Police Union Upset over GTA IV in ...

personally i might have imagined that the staff just had no clue what they were buying. I mean there are plenty of people who never even touched a game much less know anything about them. Send a staffer to go out and buy games without making a list and he'll just ask the clerk what's popular and get that. not to mention that i would figure in a prison setting these games would be made available in public spaces and as such I would think it more obvious to get games with offline multiplayer as opposed to single player games (though with online multi).

Re: Up in Arms: Winnipeg Police Union Upset over GTA IV in ...

That is what I was thinking. Someone had the authority to buy whatever games they wanted and bought the games they wanted to play. Not really that far fetched.

I am glad to see that they have a content policy now though. Not sure how much it is really needed. But at least they have some ground rules.

 
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