And when the courts come in and order the prisons to provide cable services, laugh at them and walk away.
A big part of the costs are not the day-to-day administrative costs, bloated though they may be. The pension and health benefits for the guards, wardens and administrative staff at these prisons is perhaps a much larger factor, and probably still not yet fully taken into account.
Example: the California state penal system. All bureaucracies that run prison systems fall into the same patterns, and since the Michigan state prisons were run by Democrats for years, there are also the same dysfunctional flaws within the system.
I don’t know how it is in Michigan, but in Illinois, the prisoners buy their own TVs, which are about $300 minimum, and also they pay for the cable service. Those are not costs of the state/taxpayers.