ATLANTA – The warden of the Clayton County Correctional Institution wants permission to spend money for a "management tool" — satellite TV to keep his 226 inmates occupied watching football.
Warden Frank Taylor is asking the Clayton County Commission to let him sign up for direct-broadcast satellite service for less than $100 a month. It would be funded with money collected at the prison's commissary and pay phones, which last year amounted to $41,000.
"The reason is 'Monday Night Football' is now on cable," he said. "Although it might seem funny, when you have 90 percent of inmates watching something, it is a management tool for the institution."
Currently, he said, inmates in the prison's five dormitories only get two TV channels, often with poor reception.
Taylor asserted that every state prison already has cable or satellite television, but the Georgia Department of Corrections says that isn't so.
"Our televisions have antennas," said department spokeswoman Tracy Smith.
The Clayton County Commission will vote on Taylor's request next week.