A UK prison has prohibited inmates from using Sony Playstation 3 consoles, over the concerns that the device could help them in plotting “escape attempts” (ed: Prisons are so cosy now, that's unlikely).
As per a report from The Guardian, prisoners at Rye Hills prison in Warwickshire were discovered to be using the systems' integrated wireless connections to chat with the friends outside the prison. Wardens have seized the consoles in the wake of the fears that the systems pose “significant threat” to the prison's security.
Commenting upon the issue, a spokesman for the Prison Service said in a statement, “PlayStation 3 consoles are barred on the grounds that they have the capability to send and receive radio signals as an integral part of the equipment”.
The game console incorporates two wireless technologies, namely Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, which could pose serious risks to the prison security, as the technologies “can be used to breach prisoner communications policy and are not permitted”, the spokesperson added.
Incidentally, the UK government has ordered that all prisoners should pay for their own game consoles, after the reports surfaced that around £220,000 of taxpayers' money had been spent on costly toys over the period of three years between 2005 and 2008.
Prisons are supposed to be places where criminals and delinquents are "reformed" but it looks increasingly like these institutions are becoming more and more lenient. Having costly gaming consoles in cells is a mind-boggling decision. As for banning the PS3, well, mobile phones and other communication tools should have been forbidden in the first place.