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Fri Apr 21, 2017, 12:28 PM

California's Pay to Stay... $100/night upgrade to jail cell is now a thing...

https://www.themarshallproject.org/2017/03/09/afraid-of-jail-buy-an-upgrade?share=pay5-grid&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=sprout&utm_source=twitter#.bY4oX6EOA


Instead, Wurtzel, who also had been convicted of sexual battery in a previous case, found a better option: For $100 a night, he was permitted by the court to avoid county jail entirely. He did his time in the small jail in the nearby city of Seal Beach, with amenities that included flat-screen TVs, a computer room and new beds. He served six months, at a cost of $18,250, according to jail records.


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In what is commonly called “pay-to-stay” or “private jail,” a constellation of small city jails — at least 26 of them in Los Angeles and Orange counties — open their doors to defendants who can afford the option. But what started out as an antidote to overcrowding has evolved into a two-tiered justice system that allows people convicted of serious crimes to buy their way into safer and more comfortable jail stays.

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Reply California's Pay to Stay... $100/night upgrade to jail cell is now a thing... (Original post)
SticksnStones Apr 21 OP
HoneyBadger Apr 21 #1
MineralMan Apr 21 #2
HoneyBadger Apr 21 #4
SticksnStones Apr 21 #5
SticksnStones Apr 21 #6
ExciteBike66 Apr 21 #3

Response to SticksnStones (Original post)

Fri Apr 21, 2017, 12:33 PM

1. These guys need to get up on AirBnB

Bet there are plenty of tourists that would pay for a few nights in jail, parents grounding rebellious teens, husbands pranking visiting in laws, you name it.

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Response to SticksnStones (Original post)

Fri Apr 21, 2017, 12:37 PM

2. Unequal justice under the law.

This should be against the law. Period. Why wouldn't someone convert a luxury resort into a jail for those who have even more money? Perhaps people are already planning such luxury jails, given this precedent.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #2)

Fri Apr 21, 2017, 12:47 PM

4. And why do some get to go to country club jails and halfway houses

While others go to Supermax. Unequal treatment.

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Response to HoneyBadger (Reply #4)

Fri Apr 21, 2017, 01:00 PM

5. Money. It's almost always the answer to the question.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #2)

Fri Apr 21, 2017, 01:03 PM

6. While initially it was present as a solution to overcrowding

It does seem utterly unethical and counter to the very core of democracy...

How, exactly was this allowed indeed ~

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Response to SticksnStones (Original post)

Fri Apr 21, 2017, 12:38 PM

3. Anyone else reminded of Snow Crash,

by Neal Stephenson? Which was better, the Hoosegow or the Clink?

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