Oooooh! It will be interesting to see how this will pan out in the future.Male prisoners in England and Wales must work harder for privileges such as TVs in cells, the government has said.
Inmates will be made to wear a uniform during their first two weeks in jail and their access to private cash to call home will be restricted.
Satellite and cable TV channels, currently available in some private prisons, will be banned altogether.
The Prison Reform Trust said "getting rid of tellies" was not going to cut reconviction rates.
Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said: "I want the arrival in prison for the first time to be an experience that is not one they'd want to repeat.
"That means an environment where they arrive [where] standards are pretty basic and then they start to gain extras by contributing... and if they won't do it, then they can't expect to start gaining those privileges."
Other changes to the Incentives and Earned Privileges (IEP) schemes from November will include:
A longer working day for prisoners
A ban on films with an 18 certificate
Extra gym time being dependent "on active engagement with rehabilitation"
Restricted privileges, including access to private cash, for prisoners in the first two weeks of their sentence. They must also wear uniform at entry level
Prisoners then put on either basic or standard "IEP level" depending on how they "co-operate with the regime or engage in rehabilitation"
Those on basic level no longer allowed TVs in cells
The Ministry of Justice said it would also strengthen prisons' powers to recover money from inmates who damage their property.
When the new system is introduced, existing prisoners will not lose the privileges they already have unless their status is reviewed.
But they will lose any cable or satellite TV in private prisons.
Officials are still working on possible changes to the privilege scheme for female prisoners.
Why this is only for men and not women, I'm not sure.
So, they (the government) want to give us less staff, but, expect us to be able to cope with all the extra problems this will create?! Something's gotta give......