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UK prison library offering collection of rape, jailbreak films for inmates.

London, July 30 ( ANI ): Prisoners, mainly sex offenders, at a jail in the UK have a library of 550 films, mainly showing sexual violence and gangland crime.

According to The Telegraph, the DVD collection is available to inmates at HMP Usk in Monmouthshire, South Wales, where some prisoners are on life sentence.

Inmates can watch Deliverance, which features a notorious male rape scene and Thelma and Louise, which shows an attempted rape.

The DVD library was condemned as 'completely and utterly inappropriate' by a prisons expert and leading politicians.

"These films clearly shouldn't be freely available to prisoners to watch at any establishment," Glyn Travis, assistant secretary of the Prison Officers' Association, said.

"We've got adults who are locked up - some for serious sexual offences, some for violent or drugs offences - and the majority of films that will keep them entertained are completely and utterly inappropriate," Travis added.

Graphic 18-rated Menace II Society, which includes strong bloody violence and more than 300 uses of explicit terms, is also there for the prisoners to watch, along with gang war movie Last Man Standing.

Other films on the list include Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean and Brokeback Mountain.

"It's wrong for any governor to allow such material in to his establishment for prisoners to watch when there's alternative entertainment available which doesn't gratify criminal activity, Travis added.

Monmouth MP David Davies said he was shocked by the selection of DVDs available at the jail.

"I would be extremely concerned to learn that videos, including violent sex scenes, are being put in to the library there. I'm really quite amazed," he said.

A Prison Service spokesman, however, said: "For prisoners over the age of 18, access to DVD players is linked to good behaviour and the earned privileges scheme. ( ANI )


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