Inmates at the Boyle County Detention Center have started to brush up on their Rook and checkers. They eat pizza once a month, work out on commercial-grade machines and have a stocked-up library.
These amenities aren't bankrolled by Boyle and Mercer county taxpayers, but by the inmates themselves.
Money from the sale of things like deodorant, snacks and cigarettes at the jail canteen can only be used on inmate education and entertainment. When Jailer Barry Harmon took office, he found $100,000 in the canteen account.
The games, exercise and pizza are used as rewards for following the rules. And it appears to work. In June 2002, there were 77 inmate incidents, such as fights and unkempt cells. This June there were 18 incidents.
"The atmosphere in the cells is just so much better," Harmon said.
When family members send money orders to the prisoner's account, half the money is put in the inmate canteen account and the other half goes toward covering the cost of incarceration. Inmates pay a maximum of $20 a day to stay in the jail. Income and family conditions can lower the cost.