Every day is a ritual. At night the most you have to look forward is whatever comes on TV, or whatever movies the prison plays. The local news is popular because they often do stories on prison and good time. Good time has become a pipe dream for any inmate with a decent chunk of time. It’s a little glimmer of hope that’s never gonna happen.
Personally, I watch local news for the same reason I listen to FM radio…it makes me feel connected to the immediate world outside the barbed wire fences. Plus, I don’t think I’m the only convict to crush on the girl telling you the weather on basic cable. I’m a huge How I Met Your Mother fan, and Lauren Shields on Fox 47 has become my make-believe Robin Cherbosky.