Tuesday 23 January 2018

Prizes for prisoners: Well-behaved convicts may be rewarded with treats

PRISON officers have proposed giving treats to offenders who behave themselves behind bars.

This is part of a 'carrot and stick' approach set to be introduced in the nation's jails to reward prisoner who do not create trouble, and to crack down on disruptive and violent inmates.

The controversial 'prizes for prisoners' plan was unveiled yesterday at the annual conference of the Prison Officers Association in Kilkenny.

Association general secretary John Clinton said the treats would not result in additional cost and would be very effective in encouraging inmates to behave while serving out their sentences.

He suggested that they could include providing an extra channel on the prisoner's TV set, allowing an extra weekly visit or allocating an additional telephone call.

This enhanced regime, Mr Clinton said, would benefit those who were willing to co-operate with the staff and the prison authorities, and the rest of the population, who wanted to cause trouble, could exist within the standard regime.

Tom Brady

Irish Independent

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