UK prison pays inmates to sit still and do nothing

UK prison Whatton in Nottinghamshire is under fire for literally giving inmates money in return for doing nothing.

It is perhaps the ultimate job. Sit there and earn money. I checked and found nothing like it down the local job centre.

While on Wednesday prison officers across Britain were on an unofficial strike over pay and conditions the inmates at Whatton decided that rather than behave in a manner unbefitting a human being, they would in fact sit still and wait for their guards to return. Apparently the prison Governor Peter Wright noticed this and decided a £2 (US $4) bonus payment should be awarded to each one.

Now paying prisoners is not without precedent. They can earn money (up to £8 per week) by cleaning and gardening and other essential yet not exactly risky or exciting jobs. But rather unsurprisingly the Prison Officer’s Association isn’t welcoming the idea of paying them for doing precisely what any normal human being would be expected to do under similar circumstances.

Glyn Travis, Assistant Secretary of the Association told the BBC it was “absolutely despicable“.

Can’t really argue with that conclusion…

I might however argue that if the UK Government felt it had some spare change:

  • Could I have some money for paying my bills? On time, naturally.
  • Could I have some money for going to the gym to try and keep healthy?
  • Could I have some money for mowing the lawn?
  • Could I have some money for yawning and going to bed?
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