Inmates in Allegheny County Jail recently got an early Christmas gift, forty Sony Bravia 42-inch flat screen televisions. Not only are the inmates presented with the televisions, but each television is equipped with cable for the inmatesâ€™ watching desires. Besides being treated to flat screens televisions, inmates are supplied with three hot meals and a bed to sleep in. Onorato administration officials argued in a statement that itâ€™s not the publicâ€™s money.
â€œNo taxpayer dollars or county funds are being used to purchase the televisions. The inmates are purchasing the televisions to replace old or broken sets. The decision to purchase the TVs was made by a committee that consists of jail personnel and inmate advocates.”
The County Jail Oversight Board permitted the purchase for the televisions in the common areas. The Oversight Board only just approved the purchase of 40 televisions for $16,000 or $395 a piece. The funds come from their â€œInmate Welfare Fund,â€ profits from the jail commissary used by the inmates.
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