Originally Posted by jAZ
Second, My guess is that TV, exercise equipment, books, games and presumably internet are all part of a strategy that cuts overall security costs by creating incentives that encourage good behavior, reduce violence and tension, keep them them occupied, etc.
That actually isn't a bad argument. Prisoners watching TV = calm zombies who don't feel like doing much but watch more TV. Prisoners without TV = bored thugs who are ready to cut someone and break s***.