North Carolina prisoners have no access to the Internet and they have only some access to television, said N.C. Department of Correction spokesman Keith Acree.
Prisoners can only watch TV in a common area, and even then, prisoners pay for the TV programming — whether it’s basic cable or from satellite — from telephone and canteen profits. Acree said that means tax dollars aren’t being used to pay for TV programs for prisoners.
He added that in some states, prisoners do have TVs in their individual cells, but not in North Carolina.
And in state prisons here, watching TV isn’t a guaranteed right.
“We view TV as a management tool,” Acree said. “It’s a privilege given for good behavior, and it can be taken away for bad behavior.”
Date posted: August 26, 2010
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