British Prison Withdraws Day Of Freedom

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Officials at a jail in Lancashire, England, wanted to give inmates an incentive for good behavior. They created a raffle with a coveted prize: The winner would get an unsupervised visit into town. Nobody cleared the prize with the boss. The BBC reports the prison withdrew the prize in favor of some other award to be named later.

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Officials in an English jail wanted to give inmates an incentive for good behavior, so they created a raffle with a coveted prize. The winner would get an unsupervised visit into town. The offer was too good to be true. Nobody cleared the prize with the boss. And the prison withdrew the prize in favor of some other award to be named later. A prison spokesman says public protection is our top priority.

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