Prisoners in Scotland are "watching too much TV"


27 Responses to “Prisoners in Scotland are "watching too much TV"”

  1. Dan Hibiki says:

     So aside for that, what else have they got on their agenda exactly?

  2. oasisob1 says:

    Prisoners in America are “committing too many crimes”. The Federal somebody or other, etc, said inmates in America’s jails “have unlimited opportunity to produce,buy, sell and consume drugs, engage in rape, assault, murder, blackmail, money laundering and other criminal activities. A reasonable amount if crime is fair as part of a prisoner’s relaxation time, but guidelines regarding the appropriate amount must be established.”

    Also: prisoners’

  3. miasm says:

    The prisonerses televisions *should* be watched a lot.
    Except heist films or TV shows about grifting…
    Televisions showing only a loop of last weeks Eastenderses Omnibus might be cruel and unusual punishment, so there’s obviously a spectrum of efficacy to be considered here.

  4. Graceless says:

    If the inmates brush their teeth twice a day, clean their cells, and don’t forget “please” and “thank you,” they should be able to watch as much TV as they want in my opinion.

    • SomeGuyNamedMark says:

      Sure beats having them sitting around bored thinking of things to do.  Probably safer for the guards and other inmates too.

  5. vinculture says:

    I’d say that watching British TV is cruel and unusual punishment.

  6. vonbobo says:

    Oh sure… I bet they are allowed to read as much as they please.


  7. Is this a response to some documented behavioural problem, or is it just good ol’ common sense?  What is the base rate of ungentlemanly TV watching habits within the prison population?  What evidence justifies the belief that enforced TV hours will result in pro-social behaviour post-custody?  What criminogenic need is being targeted, and does this treatment address that need with an appropriate level of responsivity?

    I’ll just sit here and wait.

    • nachoproblem says:

      Or is it just some moral sentiment in the general vein of, they might be having too much fun and need to be poked with sticks more?

      • Brainspore says:

        I hear the complaint “why should my tax dollars pay for cable TV for felons?” a lot over here in the U.S.. For some reason people seem fine with the idea of wasting untold billions of dollars on the biggest prison-industrial complex in the history of mankind but get completely unhinged by the idea that some of those inmates might spend a few hours watching “Shark Week.”

        • IronEdithKidd says:

          TV watching in prison is an easy target and doesn’t require any abstract thoughts to get outraged over.  

        • Jamie Norwood says:

          I truly suspect that if the complaining people were given a choice, the prison scenes from last season’s Downton Abbey would be the norm. No talking, no relaxation, walk in circles, bland oatmeal and maybe some water to eat and drink. But then, I suspect there would still be people saying they shouldn’t be allowed to walk, and food is an extravagance they don’t deserve.

  8. Ant says:

    Were they watching Prison Break, Alcatraz, etc.? :P

  9. peregrinus says:

    Presumably it’s preferable for them to be working towards scratch on the old course at St Andrews?

  10. curiousrobot says:

    What is it with prisoners today? Back in my day, prisoners played outside all day. You couldn’t get ‘em to watch TV; not on a nice day like today…

  11. James Penrose says:

    I always thought we need to take away the weight sets and the martial arts lessons (do violent felons really need to learn better ways to hurt people?) and install comfy recliners and TVs in each cell along with all the fatty, salty snacks they want.

    So instead of releasing them after ten years as buff, well-trained violence machines we get fat, lethargic TV-junkies.  Both are useless to society but one is less dangerous to other people.

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