Tuesday, August 13, 2013
For the rich jail can be a vacation
"With a jail in California that found a controversial way to make money. Inmates paying for premium cells with flat screen televisions and new mattresses.
A fellow convicted of vehicular manslaughter while under the influence. He'll serve at least two years but the convict and his family paid $72,000 and the money also buys flat screen TVs, a computer and media center and an environment pristine by comparison to county and state lockups where movies like violence seems almost a cliché.
It’s ATM justice. It was right for a small seaside city hemorrhaging $700,000 a year to run its 30-bed jail. So they ran ads looking for convicted criminals that will be paying customers and found plenty. Now it stands to make $500,000 a year or more."
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