Cigarettes, banned in many jails today, were a major purchase items back
calls, candy, toiletries constituted major inmate expenditures then as now.
Newspapers were major purchase item then; today they are available free in
written records of inmate purchases, a
combination of sales slips and ledger entries, sufficed in the era before bar
codes and PCs.
| --- Whereas a major city jail would have its
own commissary, the tiny rural jail apparently bought items locally for
inmate as requested.