Jail kiosk keeps track of inmates' money in Union County

By The Associated Press

NEW ALBANY — A new commissary kiosk at the Union County jail has replaced the need for loved ones to bring outside items to the inmates.

Sheriff Jimmy Edwards tells WTVA-TV in Tupelo that the machine works like an ATM and allows the user to use cash, credit or debit cards to add money to an inmate’s account.

Inmates use the money to order snacks, drinks, hygiene supplies and some clothing.

Under the old system, Edwards says family and friends were allowed to bring approved items to the dispatcher’s window, provide the inmate’s name and wait for the assistance of a jail administrator.

With the new kiosk, Edwards says families no longer have to wait to be seen, smuggling has dropped and officers are free to do other duties.