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Prison poker schools funded by taxpayer’s money

Prison bosses have set up poker schools for inmates…at taxpayers’ expense.

Convicts at Saughton in Edinburgh waste hours on end playing on six tables with cards, stacks of chips and green felt mats bought for them.

Gambling for money is illegal in prison but inmates keep a secret tab of cash won and lost.

And brawls break out over cheating and unpaid debts.

Reverend Ian Galloway, convener of the Church of Scotland’s Church and Society Council, said letting prisoners and their families run up debt made it even harder for them to change their lifestyle after prison.

He added: “If prison is about rehabilitation then poker tables are clearly unhelpful.”

• Full story at the Sunday Mail.

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