WEB DESK: Prisoners should be given iPads at taxpayer’s expense so that they can video chat their families from their prison cells, an adviser to the Ministry of Justice has said, Time reported.
Sir Martin Narey advises government on justice. He said, “Prisoners spend a lot of time in cells, and we need to make that time more constructive,” Sir Martin said.
“They should be meeting a tutor once a week, but doing work on literacy and numeracy on their own. We could look at giving prisoners iPads to work on in their cells,” he said.
The plan is being considered by Dame Sally Coates, a former headteacher who is conducting a review of education in prisons for Mr Gove.
Jerry Petherick, head of UK prisons for outsourcing giant G4S, said he believed that in-cell tablets would “become the norm”, but warned that strict controls would be needed to prevent further criminality.
“There will have to be safeguards built in — we must not have people contacting victims,” he said.