Sheriffs hope e-cigs smoke out inmate issues

10:00 am | September 2, 2013

Making electronic cigarettes available from Carter County Detention Center and Johnson County Detention Center commissary lists has probably improved the moods of many inmates this month.

And while news of the e-cigarettes filtering their way into the jails might raise eyebrows in the community, law enforcement leaders say the potential benefits are great.

On a national level, Carter County Sheriff Chris Mathes said the implementation of electronic cigarettes in jails seems to have had a positive impact.

“We are by far not the first,” Mathes said. “It’s in numerous jails throughout Kentucky and across the United States.”

In at least one jail, e-cigarettes have been very popular over the past four weeks; that’s how long the Johnson County commissary list has carried them.

“We are really moving them,” Johnson County Sheriff Mike Reece said. “It’s working real good, it seems like.”

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