Oregon prison officials say inmate flag football is being cancelled because injuries from last season’s games cost taxpayers about $25,000 in medical bills.
During the September-to-March season, games turned into tackle football, complete with split lips, broken bones and lacerations. One weekend, the medium-security prison sent seven players with injuries to the emergency room, according to the Oregonian.
To ease inmate angst about the end of flag football, the current softball season will be extended a couple of weeks. Volleyball, soccer and badminton will be introduced. The prison yard will get tables for chess, checkers and other board games, along with more pay phones.