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Inmates made to 'earn' perks

The Justice Secretary is unveiling sweeping changes to the system of privileges that operates in all prisons. Under the new scheme, prisoners will have to earn perks through good behaviour rather than staying out of trouble, he said.

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Main changes under new scheme for prison privileges

These are the main changes that will be implemented across all prisons in the UK:

  • Movement up the levels will depend on "positive engagement" - not the absence of bad behaviour
  • A new 'entry' level for all new prisoners
  • All convicted prisoners will work a longer day
  • Ban on watching TV while prisoners should be working
  • Gym access beyond the statutory entitlement will be dependent on active engagement with rehabilitation
  • Subscription channels removed from private prisons
  • Certificate 18 DVDs banned from prisons

Source: Ministry of Justice

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