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Dallas Prison Television Program #497523

NBC Evening News for Sunday, Feb 19, 1978
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(Studio) television program in Dallas, Texas, called "Ask the Sheriff", featuring Dallas Cnty. sheriff answering public's questions reported.
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch

(Dallas, Texas) Federal court order to Dallas jail to become more responsive to prisoner complaints and resulting prison television station noted. Report is on TV show called "Ask the Sheriff", during which Sheriff Carl Thomas answers written questions submitted by inmates. [THOMAS - answers question re: ban on pornography in jail.] Details with regard to 1st show given. [INMATE - could understand questions but not answers.] [THOMAS - cites reason for TV system rather than public address system. Compares situation to hearing "The Lone Ranger" on radio and seeing show on TV.] [2nd INMATE - will sleep or write letter at showtime next week]
REPORTER: Bob Dotson

(Studio) Other program offerings of Dallas jail television system noted.
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch

Dotson, Bob;
Savitch, Jessica

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