i think the term "flat screens" is misleading people to think they are getting these big amazing home theatre systems.
they're 13 inch tvs. they're flat because that's what new tvs are.
From the original post:
According to the report, the DOC bought two different kinds of flat-screen TVs: 32-inch LG brand plasmas and a 26-inch Sharp LCDs.
The average cost for each television was approximately $649.
And I still stand by my statement that inmates not getting to watch TV is NOT treating them like animals.
Look, I don't care if inmates get to watch TV or not... in my mind prison is for those who are a blight on society. It should be a place for rehabilitation and re-placement back into society if possible, but that's not always the case, and some people just need to be where they can't hurt anyone. If watching TV is part of a behaviour reward program or something then fine, but prison should also be a place that people DON'T want to go, and with inmates sitting back watching TV is not that place.