Reports surfaced that inmates in HMP Rye Hill, Warwickshire prison had their PS3 consoles "outlawed". Thing is, there have never been PS3s in this correctional institution.

The Guardian reported that the console with built-in modem and Bluetooth could be used by prisoners to communicate and plot escape plots.

The UK Ministry of Justice issued a statement to game site IncGamers about this "ban":

There are not and never have been Playstation 3s at HMP Rye Hill.

Prisoners in England and Wales have never been allowed access to wireless enabled technology such as that used in some games consoles.

A decision was taken some years ago that the then current generation of games consoles should be barred because the capability to send or receive radio signals is an integral part of the equipment. Future games consoles with this ability will be banned. This ban applies to Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Nintendo DS.

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The official went on to say that this ban also applies to the PSP and Nintendo Wii. A spokesperson for the private firm that runs the prison also confirmed that there were never PS3s in the institution.

The source for this story seems to have been a letter to prisoner newspaper Inside Time.

Prisoners Were Never Allowed PS3s [IncGamers]