A private company is now in charge of the Gibson County Jail commissary.
The program was previously ran by jail employees, but now inmates can place orders by calling a toll free number courtesy of Tiger Correctional Services.
Inmates can order food, personal hygiene items, and clothing with money from friends and family who can now add money to an inmates account by visiting the jail, or going online.
The sheriff said the new system is much more convenient for everyone.
"We do commissary now one day a week," said Sheriff George Ballard. "We used to do it twice a week, now we are only doing it once so we are just trying to manage our labor better and be more efficient. That also frees up some time that our correctional staff can do other things that they truly need to be doing."
Ballard said inmates being released from jail will no longer be given a check with their commissary balance. Every inmate will be given a debit card with their balance.
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