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univresearch
10-05-2012, 05:08 PM
Hi Everyone,

I apologize if this is the wrong forum in which to post this, but I am doing a research paper for university on inmates being allowed televisions while incarcerated.

I've heard that they can purchase a television through commissary, but my question is what are they "allowed" to watch. For instance, do they get cable channels or is it just your basic channels? Are they restricted from watching certain things?

If anyone can help me with this research, I appreciate it so very much!

Allen

agomez84
10-05-2012, 06:18 PM
Hi Everyone,

I apologize if this is the wrong forum in which to post this, but I am doing a research paper for university on inmates being allowed televisions while incarcerated.

I've heard that they can purchase a television through commissary, but my question is what are they "allowed" to watch. For instance, do they get cable channels or is it just your basic channels? Are they restricted from watching certain things?

If anyone can help me with this research, I appreciate it so very much!

Allen

They get free local channels u would with an antenna

Southernsun
10-05-2012, 06:46 PM
My Guy watches alot of stuff I do. We watch 'our' shows ' together ' as best we can. I think he does it more for me than himself. LOL he got me into sons of anarchy show now.

<3 MY HEART BELONGS TO DROOPY <3

InmateLover67
10-05-2012, 06:49 PM
Hi Everyone,

I apologize if this is the wrong forum in which to post this, but I am doing a research paper for university on inmates being allowed televisions while incarcerated.

I've heard that they can purchase a television through commissary, but my question is what are they "allowed" to watch. For instance, do they get cable channels or is it just your basic channels? Are they restricted from watching certain things?

If anyone can help me with this research, I appreciate it so very much!

Allen

Yes, inmates can purchase tv's through commissary.

They are allowed to watch anything they want to.....whatever channels the prison has are what they can watch.

Peace~

KirstenTaylorC
10-05-2012, 08:01 PM
My guy told me his tv is all basic channels and there are only 13 channels. (Ohio) He watches country music videos all day lol

Renee
10-05-2012, 08:03 PM
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mrsalwayshere
10-05-2012, 11:38 PM
My boyfriend was in state prison and now a hwh and he told me in the state they had all the channels including mtv but they didn't have a choice in what they were watching. Now in the halfway house he told me they watch the style network, bravo, vh1 and more. I only know this because he told me that the ugly spanish girl on love and hip hop atlanta looks like rihanna and he doesn't like that show but they all really like to watch the bad girls club lol. I have to laugh that this is what they are all watching.

xanthra
10-06-2012, 12:28 AM
In my LO prison in no way are they allowed a tv, or many other luxuries other prisons or jaiils allow inmates. Heck, they don't even give him warm clothes for winter. The families provide so much for our loved ones. Sad.

There is a tv room but no choice of channels so he does not watch it. I think they get only a few channels. Not worth a fight to change channels.

TDCJ hand
10-06-2012, 04:46 AM
In Texas state prisons they do not offer tvs for purchase. There are tvs in the dayroom (common area). As for viewing choice it is majority agreement.

Love.D
10-06-2012, 06:03 AM
My boyfriend is in a max federal prison in Canada. I was able to purchase a tv for him and ship it to him. My boyfriend gets a lot of channels I think they have a digital satalite box or something.

Scott
10-06-2012, 07:38 AM
Hi Everyone,

I apologize if this is the wrong forum in which to post this, but I am doing a research paper for university on inmates being allowed televisions while incarcerated.

I've heard that they can purchase a television through commissary, but my question is what are they "allowed" to watch. For instance, do they get cable channels or is it just your basic channels? Are they restricted from watching certain things?

If anyone can help me with this research, I appreciate it so very much!

Allen

In the State of Oregon, inmates can purchase TV's on commissary (two sizes, digital flat screens completely with little remotes). Each institution has cable, through Direct TV, and there are usually about 65 channels available (or mostly whatever is included in the Basic Cable) package. No HBO, ShowTime, etc. Also some premium channels like FX are not included.

Inmates can watch whatever they want - although occasionally shows are blocked (for example some "Cheerleader" movies because of sex offenders) but that doesn't happen often. Porn is, obviously, not allowed.

Inmates must have six months clean conduct before they can order a TV. This is a huge incentive for inmates. Those who don't have TV's can watch TV in the day-room where shows, from the same cable line-up, are selected by "Committee".

The availability of TV's for inmates are considered by the Staff, the best invention since ice-cream. HUGE bonus in the reduction of behavior incidents, and the inmates benefit too. I am amazed how popular (seriously) the History and Discovery Channels are - and even among people who you'd never guess it to look at them, conversations like, "I saw this cool thing on the Discovery/History or whatever" channel are common.

CSI/The Closer/Bones - and similar crime solving shows are widely popular, along with COPS shows. Maybe people are hoping to see their friends. I always thought that funny. Shows like American Idol and some football games might be cause for the institution to reschedule counts and meals.

There was a time when I was in prison in 2004-2005 where Sunday night prison chapel services were concluded early so everyone could rush back to their units/cells to watch Desperate Housewives. Seriously. This was a major (3000 inmate) medium security men's prison. Anyone who would have caused a ruckus or been stupid enough to get into a fight and cause a lockdown during that show would have been a dead man. :)

fbopnomore
10-06-2012, 10:05 AM
In US federally owned prisons, inmates are not permitted to have personal TVs. There are usually 3 or 4 community TVs available in the dayroom for when they are out of their cells and most prisons do have basic cable channels available on them. Sound is received through a personal radio tuned to the FM frequencies of the different TVs. No R or TVMA rated shows are allowed,

nakeisha99
10-09-2012, 03:08 PM
They get cable, but they don't get all the channels we get. According to my husband the highest rating allowed is PG-13. Any rating above that (eg. Rated R) is prohibited.