Saturday 1 October 2022 01:57 AM Prisoners in Scotland are given 660 games consoles in a £100,000 cost dubbed ... trends now
Inmates of Scottish jails have been treated to hundreds of games consoles at a cost of more than £100,000.
The bill for hi-tech devices such as PlayStation and Xbox, along with accessories, has soared more than nine-fold since 2017 to nearly £60,000 last year.
Figures obtained by the Daily Mail show more than 660 consoles have been bought for criminals, including almost 300 in 2021-22.
Prison bosses say the cash to pay for them 'comes directly' from prisoners – via taxpayer-funded 'wages' – or through common good funds to benefit inmates.
Inmates of Scottish jails have been treated to hundreds of games consoles at a cost of more than £100,000 (stock image)
But last night there was anger that criminals including murderers and rapists were able to play games rather than being properly punished for their crimes.
Scottish Tory community safety spokesman Russell Findlay said: 'This sort of spending is an insult to victims.
'They'll be dismayed SNP ministers appear more focused on splurging money on allowing prisoners to play video games rather than properly punishing them.