An innovation developed by the Laurel County Jailer is drawing national attention. To combat the amount of contraband, including tobacco, being brought into the jail, Jailer Jamie Mosley invented the Crossbar, an e-cigarette designed to be safe for inmates. It’s soft and flexible so it cannot be used as a weapon. One inmate, who struggles with his addiction to meth says vaping helped him come down from the drug while in jail. The electronic cigarettes, which cost inmates $10 a piece, pay for many of the programs held at the jail. One new program being funded by the e-cigs is a vocational training program beginning next summer that will help inmates find good jobs after they leave jail. The revenue also pays for transport vans, work release equipment, and medical equipment. Something jail officials say sets them apart, is their electronic health records system, also paid for by the e-cigs. The program, now owned and operated by Crossbar, sells e-cigs to jails in 30 states. HBO’s Vice program recently did a feature on the project.