Prisoners in Britain will be forced to work

Justice Secretary wants to instil a tough working regime for "idle" convicts.

London: Prisoners in Britain will be forced to work full-time to pay compensation to their victims, a media report said Tuesday.

The veteran Tory cabinet minister, Justice Secretary Ken Clarke, wants to instil a tough working regime for "idle" convicts who spend their days lounging around jail, express.co.uk reported.

Prisoners will work 40-hour a week ­ recycling, computer processing and furniture making. If they refuse, they will lose their privileges.

The tough regime is being drawn up to give repeat offenders a work ethic -- so they don`t go back to a life of crime.

Prisoners would get the 5.93-pound minimum wage but it would be paid to them over a period of time after their release.

It means prisoners could earn almost 240 pounds a week.
Around one fifth of their earnings would go towards helping victims.

If, as expected, around 50,000 prisoners are made to work, 120-million pound would be paid to victims every year.

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