Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Jailbirds Lap Up Film Violence; PROBE REVEALS MURDERERS AND RAPISTS BEING SHOWN X-RATED MOVIES

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Jailbirds Lap Up Film Violence; PROBE REVEALS MURDERERS AND RAPISTS BEING SHOWN X-RATED MOVIES

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Byline: TOM MULLEN

JAILBIRDS in the North East's toughest prisons are being allowed to watch a catalogue of violent and racist movie nasties.

A Chronicle probe has revealed murderers and rapists are enjoying films about neo-Nazi skinheads, baseball bat-wielding Mafia bosses and blood-curdling horror flicks.

Inmates at HMP Durham were even allowed to watch the controversial Australian film Romper Stomper, which has been banned in several countries and sparked protests when it was premiered in London.

Romper Stomper features the tale of a group of neo-Nazi thugs fighting a race war with Asian immigrants, and depicts scenes of extreme violence.

Other DVDs watched by lags in four top-security jails include skinhead race war movie American History X, the notoriously violent Mafia flick Casino and American Gangster, which features a heroin smuggling plot.

Jailbirds at Durham's highsecurity Frankland jail - which houses notorious convicts including Soham child killer Ian Huntley - were allowed to watch crime thrillers The Oxford Murders, Ocean's Eleven and The Bank Job.

Prisoners are responsible for purchasing their own DVDs, but jails have also received more than pounds 2,000 in Government funding over the last year to buy recreational and educational DVDs.

Today, campaigners were united in calling for tougher restrictions to be placed on what the country's most serious criminals should be allowed to watch.

Colin Moses, the North Shields-born national chairman of the Prison Officers' Association said: "We should be looking very carefully at the content of these films.

"Obviously no films of sexual nature should be shown to sex offenders and no violent films to violent offenders.

"Also, some of these prisoners have quite a substantial amount of their own private money. They should always be made to pay for films themselves, rather than the prisons paying for them."

John O'Connell, a policy analyst from the Taxpayers' Alliance pressure group said: "It's OK for prisons to provide some entertainment for inmates, but hardened criminals who are locked up under high security shouldn't be allowed to watch violent films. …

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