UK detention center under fire for providing inmates luxuries, Nintendo Wii
We are uncertain if you’ve already heard about this particular detention center in UK that affords its foreign inmates with different kind of luxuries including plasma TV sets and Nintendo Wii units.
These inmates are just waiting deportation and some groups are now questioning the government’s practice. The full story after the jump!
In a rather amusing report, we learned that foreign criminals being held for deportation are being given Nintendo Wii units to help while away their time.
Aside from that, they are also allowed to enjoy five-a-side football with cash prizes and televisions in their cells. These offenders are being held at Colnbrook Immigration Removal Centre in Berkshire.
One source from the center mentioned that some cells even have plasma TV sets, with 48-inch ones placed in communal areas. Colnbrook Immigration Removal Centre was first opened in 2004 after the approval of Tony Blair.
It was not known until now that such luxuries were being provided to its inmates. Immigration Minister Liam Byrne had this to say:
We wonÂ’t hesitate to detain people for brief periods of time before they fly home. I have visited lots of detention centres; luxurious they are not. We are always under pressure from HM Government inspectors to provide improved constructive activities.
But as amusing it may seem, the practice is now under fire from various entities including NGOs. “ItÂ’s a disgrace. TaxPayers are funding a lavish lifestyle for people who should not even be in this country,” said TaxPayers’ Alliance Campaign Director Mark Wallace.