Prisoners will be made to earn perks such as televisions in their cells and the ability to wear their own clothes in a new Government clampdown. Violent and sexually explicit 18-rated movies will also be banned from jails in England and Wales under changes to the Incentives and Earned Privileges (IEP) scheme. The current scheme allows inmates to get privileges - such as a television set in their cell and full gym access - for the avoidance of bad behaviour. But the Government wants inmates to take part in work and education programmes to earn the perks instead. Justice secretary Chris Grayling said: "It is not right that some prisoners appear to be spending hours languishing in their cells and watching daytime television, while the rest of the country goes out to work. "For too long there has been an expectation that privileges are an automatic right, given as a reward for staying out of trouble. This cannot continue.
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