There have been a number of correctional facilities that previously added electronic cigarettes in their commissaries. Selling just any ordinary ecigs in jails can be a cause of many problems and chaos inside the prison. Nonetheless, there is a specific brand that is designed specifically for jail use, Crossbar Ecigs.
Crossbar Ecigs in Macon County Jail
In Macon County Prison in Tennessee, Sheriff Mark Gammons proposed that ecigs be sold to inmates. Whatever revenue will come up from this project will be used to raise the salaries of correctional officers. The products to be sold, upon approval, will be Crossbar Ecigs.
The Conception Of Crossbar
It was fall 2012 when Jamie Mosley, jailer in Laurel County, Kentucky, thought of ways to boost profits from his jail commissary that can house 400 inmates. Since the facility is tobacco-free, Jamie turned to ecigarettes instead. The profits earned from the new sold items were exemplary, but soon, an issue in the jail occurred.
Inmates have discovered that the casing of these devices was made with 50% metal so they used it to create a rod. Since this problem came up, sale of ecigs was halted. It was also then that Janie thought to design a device made from plastic and will be perfect for inmates’ use inside prison.
Weeks were spent to design and sample. The Crossbar devices were tested right inside the Laurel County correctional. With this new device, inmates were given the opportunity to obtain nicotine fix without violating the anti-tobacco law or without coming up with improvised tools from ecig wastes.
One Crossbar device, in single soft plastic construction, is equivalent to 2-2.5 packs of conventional cigarettes or about 500 puffs. It is available in tobacco or menthol flavor. It comes with 6-month warranty and full replacement.
Benefits From Crossbar
Now, Crossbar ecigarettes are also being introduced in other correctional facilities. Selling these products in jails can bring about numerous advantages. On top of which is increased revenue. Offering ecigs to inmates also help reduce incidences of smuggling. Inmates are also able to have better morale and behavior.