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Can You Have A TV In Your Prison Cell?

Can You Have A TV In Your Prison Cell?

Binge-watching a good TV show is one of my favorite things to do.As you all know, I was on fire all weekend thanks to getting from hitter creek arrive better call saul.

I know I’m not alone. With so many good TVs these days, how would anyone go out? I’m kidding, but watching TV is apparently a very popular way of spending your time in the free world. Does that change when you’re in jail? Is there a TV in your cell?

In this blog post, I will cover the following topics:

  • Is there a TV in your cell?
  • Can I watch TV in jail?

Is there a TV in your cell?

Regulations on this vary by facility, but typically federal or state prison inmates can purchase a small television for their bunk. The first thing I bought after I was in prison was a TV, a clear 13-inch flat-screen TV.

All electronics in the prison are clean, so guards can make sure you haven’t opened them and tampered with anything inside.

I bought the TV for $179 and I also had to buy headphones because without them you can’t watch TV in your phone. The prison issued short coaxial cables so you could plug in the cable, which was paid for by fundraisers.

We do not have internet access, so streaming sites like Hulu or Netflix cannot be used. In total we have access to about 40 channels.

We have local stations and basic cable TV. We also have a “Status Channel” that shows a new movie every day. For some reason, they don’t show R-rated movies, but that’s how we’re able to watch new releases and popular classics.

Did you know Netflix still has a DVD subscription option? This is real. You can rent three DVDs at once and have them delivered to your home. The reason I know is because that’s how we watch new movies in prisons through “National Movies.”

I couldn’t have spent four years in prison without my TV. Every night, I watch the Cardinals on Fox Sports or the Kansas Jayhawks on ESPN, and mostly I watch national movies. Honestly, I have a daily TV schedule and it’s one of the best ways to pass the time.

Here’s another fun tidbit they still make program list. I’m pretty sure the only people subscribing are prisoners.

Can I watch TV in prison?

For prisoners who don’t have the money to buy a TV for their berth, there is a TV in each lounge that they can watch during the day.

You’d think there would be a lot of debate on TV, but that’s really not a problem. Usually, national movies are shown on daytime TV.on wednesday nights when new episodes empire Already started, that show was on every daytime TV at camp.

In some prisons, lifers control television programs in the lounge, showing such Judge Judy or a true crime show Snapped. For some reason, a lot of inmates like to watch true crime shows, which I find ironic.

For most prisoners, television is a must. Most of the inmates I’ve incarcerated have their own televisions in their bunks, but that’s not the case in every facility. However, no matter where you’re locked up, there’s probably a can’t-miss TV show that everyone gathers to watch.

What shows would be on your regular watch list while in prison? Let us know in the comments below.


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