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Inmates of Swiss prison allowed to stay up to watch European Championship _ if they're good

Inmates of Swiss prison allowed to stay up to watch European Championship _ if they're good

Inmates of a Swiss prison will be rewarded for good behavior by being allowed to stay up late and gather around a big screen for European Championship matches.
Prisoners at the Witzwil detention facility in the canton of Bern are being allowed to see Euro 2008 games in an inner court of the compound, said Juerg Frischknecht, who is responsible for spare time and education programs at the jail.
Around half of the 120 inmates will follow the football tournament this way, he told The Associated Press on Friday.
But prison authorities will stick to the 10 p.m. lockup time and inmates must see the second half of games kicking off at 8:45 p.m. on televisions in their cells, Frischknecht said.
If there are no problems during the first week, however, lockup time may be extended until the games' end.
Inmates can even hope for a barbecue party if everyone behaves well during the first two weeks, he said.
Matches from the quarterfinals onward could finish as late as 11:30 p.m. (2130 GMT) if they go to extra-time and a penalty shootout.
Most Swiss prisons will stick to normal operating rules during the June 7-29 tournament, according to a survey by The Associated Press.
Some prison directors have said their inmates are not interested in Euro 2008, because they are mostly of non-European origin or women. Others said prisoners could watch games only in their cells because of security reasons.
Most prison cells in Switzerland have a television set.
Two jails in the Italian-speaking region allow their inmates to watch the football games in recreation rooms of different prison sections. Authorities have separated the inmates on ethnic grounds to avoid tensions, said Elio Sciolli, director of La Farera prison.
Inmates in Bellvue prison in the canton of Neuchatel will be able to watch the Euro 2008 final together on a large-format screen, said director Raphael Dubois.


Updated : 2020-11-30 01:21 GMT+08:00