Kansas County to Install Cable TV in Jails at Inmates' Expense

Shawnee County plans to install limited cable television service in its jail and juvenile detention centers.

But the inmates — and not taxpayers — will pay for it.

County commissioners considered the issue because the federal government is requiring broadcasters to switch to digital signals, starting Feb. 17.

The 43 TVs at the jail and detention center now receive only the old analog signals. Without cable, the new digital signals wouldn't go through the jails' steel and thick concrete — meaning no TV.

The estimated cost of adding cable is more than $5,000.

The County Commission agreed to go ahead after Corrections Director Dick Kline said the money would come from funds inmates pay to their commissary.