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    Pay to get better jail facilities

    From the Marginal Revolution:

    A small number of California jails have begun to offer pay to stay programs. These programs allow inmates in for minor crimes to "upgrade" to a private or public jail with better facilities. Evidently the fees are profitable to the jails. Take a look at how Santa Ana county advertises it's hotel jail.

    The Santa Ana Jail is pleased to host a full range of alternatives to traditional incarceration. Our offerings include weekends in jail, non-linear jail sentences, and a variety of work release options. Our philosophy is designed to allow our clients (!, AT) to serve their obligations to the court in a manner that respects them as human beings and permits them to continue to provide for themselves and their families....
    • Programs that include 2-day or 3-day weekends with minimal impact on the client’s professional life. Work on Saturday and Sunday? No problem...
    • Programs that permit jail sentences to be served in multiple parts. Perfect for clients that live out of the area or clients with frequent business travel.
    • Programs that permit the client to leave jail for work everyday. We have helped everyone from 9 to 5 business people to oil-rig workers, so no work schedule is out of the question.
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    Re: Pay to get better jail facilities

    Wow....



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    Re: Pay to get better jail facilities

    Quote Originally Posted by cstrunk View Post
    Wow....
    Did you guys here about the Guy in Brazil that was in jail for murder. They confiscated like an 80 inch flat screen tv, a gun and over 70K in cash all found in his cell. There was more stuff but I can't remember. I probably should just search through alaskaguy's threads and I could find it.


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    Re: Pay to get better jail facilities

    My problem with this is that the prisoners that come from some money get off easy why people that come from less wealthy situations get screwed.



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    Re: Pay to get better jail facilities

    The community of Nome, Alaska which is where I currently reside has operated a work release program going on five years. Light offenders which typically means alcohol related infractions are offered work release during the day. Local businesses overwhelmingly support this program and note that the offenders are very dilegent workers, much more so than the "typical" employee.


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    Re: Pay to get better jail facilities

    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneDaddy View Post
    My problem with this is that the prisoners that come from some money get off easy why people that come from less wealthy situations get screwed.
    Actually, it's the opposite. This works best for the working poor, who get to provide for their families.

    The wealthy already have an advantage in time served, and where/what kind of time gets served.


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