Gov. Tim Pawlenty wants the sex offender treatment facility in Moose Lake to sell back its 25 recently purchased plasma TVs, reported Kare 11.
The Star Tribune said the center opened in July and had the $1,576 apiece with $706 mounting brackets ordered last October.
A Department of Human Resources spokesperson wrote a statement saying, "Watching television is one of many group activities that M.S.O.P. patients do as part of the treatment process."
The number of occupants is 566 and expected to grow in the next seven years. No patient has successfully completed treatment and released by the courts, the Star Tribune said.
Pawlenty read about the newly purchased TV's on Tuesday and wanted them returned immediately. He said that if TVs were necessary then for the center to purchase smaller and cheaper ones.
Pawlenty argued that this purhase was a "bonehead" decision and wanted to find out who was behind it.
The plasma TVs are expected to be removed and sold this week, Kare 11 said.