Poor Aaron Hernandez. He hasn’t been allowed to watch the Patriots playoff run this winter even though the general population at the prison has been able to watch the games.
It was “game on” Saturday night for the general population at the Bristol County House of Correction in North Dartmouth — but it was quiet time for segregated detainee Aaron Hernandez, whose stellar six pass receptions for 85 yards helped propel the Patriots into the AFC Championship one year ago today.
Hernandez isn’t allowed to watch any television.
If you found yourself wondering Saturday if the tight-end-turned-accused-killer was cheering his scene-stealing successor LeGarrette Blount across the goal line, the answer is “No,” Bristol Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson told the Herald yesterday. “He’s not allowed to watch any TV.”
It also doesn’t help that Hernandez is kept away from the general population.
Hodgson said prisoners spread over two tiers in general population were permitted to watch one hour of the AFC Divisional Round match that ended with the Pats kicking the Indianapolis Colts to the curb, 43-22. But Hernandez, for security reasons, is housed in a special-management unit, where he’s confined to his cell 21 hours a day. And per Hodgson’s order, no cell comes equipped with its own flat screen.
“It’s jail,” he said. “It’s all about standards and sending a message.”
“We only allow two hours a day of entertainment television,” Hodgson said about his no-nonsense tube policy. “The rest of it has to be self-help tapes, self-help documentaries.”
Hernandez has requested to watch TV in the past.
“That, of course, is no,” Hodgson said, due to his high profile status.