is a jail cell upgrade for non-violent offenders in jail
costing from 75$ to 171$ a night.
Inmates are allowed to bring an iPod
, or laptop
in their cell
or watch TV
in the common room. Some may even get to leave during the day to go to work. Inmates are allowed to roam the prison campus (which are not necessarily fenced). Prisoners are safe from prison gangs
and other dangerous prisoners. They may have their food delivered to their cell
rather than going the jail
's cafeteria or they may choose to enjoy meals brought by their families during visiting hours.
Paris Hilton reputedly said that she chose not to go to a "pay jail."
Clarence Page op ed regarding "pay jail": http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/chi-oped0610pagejun10,1,5774221.column?coll=chi-opinionfront-hed
Video about Pay Jails in CA:
Official Law Enforcement Pages about the Program: