Jail to inmates: Buy underwear in commissary or go commando

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Posted: Apr 15, 2015 12:31 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Buy underwear from the commissary or go commando.

That's a new policy from one Ohio jail that's grown tired of finding contraband hidden in undergarments sent to inmates by relatives and friends.

Franklin County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a $95,000, one-year outside contract to provide T-shirts, socks, bras, men's boxers and briefs, and women's briefs to the county jail.

Corrections Division Chief Deputy Geoff Stobart tells The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1Oe7hCz ) that jail officials regularly find drugs in T-shirts or underwear delivered to inmates. He says it's common for marijuana or treatments for heroin addicts to be sewn into undergarments' seams.

Inmates now will have to buy undergarments from the jail's commissary or go without. An administrative director with the sheriff's office says underwear isn't a minimum jail standard in Ohio.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com