A necessity to keep Potter County inmates calm is being threatened.
Many people may not get the importance of television in jail. But Captain Roger Haney, who runs the Potter County Detention Center does.
Capt. Haney says, "TV's are a form of a passive entertainment. It keeps them occupied mentally and it also is used as a disciplinary."
The 64 televisions in the center, that only have an analog signal, or over the air broadcast, could soon go black because of the switch.. But Captain Haney says they are exploring the options to have a solution soon.
There is just one problem... That solution will cost... And the jail doesn't qualify for converter box coupons from the government because they are only good for households.
There is good news... The switch won't be taken out of your pocket.
Capt. Haney says, "When they buy things from the commissary we get a percentage off of that. And that goes in the inmate account which directed by the sheriff. It will be some type of cost but the inmates will pay for the bill. We will take the funding from inmate commissary, so this won't be a budgetary item."
Captain Haney says they hope to have the change made by the end of the year to ensure that they aren't left in a bind on February.