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Ministry denies ordering £1k TV for inmates at Aylesbury prison

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A government official has denied that a new television was purchased at HMP Aylesbury for inmates to watch the European Championships, which kick off on Friday night (13 June).

An anonymous source, claiming to be a whistleblower within the Ministry of Justice institution in Aylesbury, alleged that a new 65-inch television had been bought so prisoners and staff could watch the month-long Euro 2024 tournament on a big screen. However, a source at the Ministry of Justice has denied this, claiming the new television was purchased for the boardroom on-site at the prison and not to entertain inmates or staff.

According to Government guidance, prisons in the UK are designed to keep offenders in custody while helping them lead law-abiding and useful lives, both during their imprisonment and after their release.

HMP Aylesbury, located on Bierton Road, is a category C training prison. It transitioned to taking on a wider range of offenders in 2022, previously housing only young offenders. Category C prisons are closed environments for inmates who present a moderate risk, as defined by the Security Journal.

The Ministry of Justice describes Category C prisons as “training and resettlement prisons; most prisoners are located in a category C. They provide prisoners with the opportunity to develop their own skills so they can find work and resettle back into the community on release.”


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