POLK COUNTY: No More Basketball for County Jail Inmates

BayNews9.com was first to break this major news: Inmates at the Polk County Jail will have to find a new way to pass the time while behind bars.Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd is taking out the jail’s basketball goals and posts and donating them to local churches.

“Going to jail is not fun and games,” Judd said. “If you want to play basketball, stay out of jail.”One of the goals will be installed at Turning Point Worship Center in Bartow in time for Christmas. Eight (8) other churches will receive basketball goals as well.

Polk County Deputies will also give out basketballs to go along with the new goals.Judd is already known for instituting bare-bones arrangements for his county jail inmates.

In 2008, he changed the jail menu so that, instead of cornbread, inmates get crackers, while peanut butter sandwiches were swapped for bologna. Last year, Judd started charging inmates a fee to be in jail.

What is the point of this story? Or the lesson to be learned?Do not commit crime in Polk County, Florida if you’re a baller!!

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