What Is A Prison Commissary?
One of the main reasons a prison commissary exists is to control contraband from entering a prison. Visitors and lawyers may also try to provide inmates with illegal goods or forbidden items that may be fashioned into weapons or used for illicit purposes (i.e. a battery-operated device may be fashioned into a a battery-operated device may be fashioned into a tattoo-gun). Likewise, prisons make sure that prisoners use their purchases as intendedincluding fashioning it into another purpose or are using it to run a market of their own.
As many inmates also work in prison, they need a place to spend their hard-earned money. This helps create an incentive for workers, especially ones who have a distant release date.
And, at some level, prison commissaries provide these institutions with a profit. However, these profits are generally required by state law to be used to benefit inmates. Some prisons reinvest this money on maintaining a prisons libraries, offering GED classes, or even movie nights that are intended to boost the morale of prisoners.
Whats Offered in a Commissary?
Every prison runs their commissary in a different fashion. Items that are offered may differ based on selection, state regulations, supply, and so forth. Prisons typically have a different selection of commissary items than jail, as the long-term sentences of prison may necessitate items to be longer-lasting and in different quantities. Most commonly found are items like toiletries, writing utensils, food, clothing, small electronics and games.