Turn this into a campaign issue

Tax dollars can surely be better spent.

With only two Monday Night Football games remaining before the NFL playoffs, the Clayton County Board of Commissioners reluctantly approved county prison warden, Frank Smith’s request for DirecTV, so prisoners can view certain sporting events.

The BOC also decided to defer enforcement of a new, stricter county vehicle policy — previously approved in their Nov. 20 meeting — until February 1, to make sure its policies are in line with the recommendations of the board.

While the prison’s contract with DirecTV to broadcast satellite television throughout the complex will only cost $75 a month, the decision was narrowly approved by a 3-2 vote. Commissioners Wole Ralph and Sonna Singleton voted against it.


  1. Paul Shuford says:

    I think it’s more of a management tool for the prison population – it’s a good way to reward and punish prisoners, with something that’s fairly easy to give and take away.

    Although I think that they should be required to make budget cuts in other areas to be able to afford it.

  2. southernwave says:

    Management tool is what it is… but, I have allot of friends that dont have DirecTV, I thought the whole point of prison was to loose freedoms not gain them?

  3. EAVDad says:

    First of all, I don’t think it’s taxpayer money. I think the TV will be paid for from commissary funds — essentially the “general store” where prisoners can by toiletries, paper, pens, etc.

    Secondly, Paul is right. TV is a great management tool in prisons. It’s a way to give prisoners a carrot for good behavior.

    It’s a B.S. political issue. These aren’t death row inmates and they need something to do.

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