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Want a Jail Cell Upgrade? That’ll Be $155 a Night


A detention center in Fremont, California is the most recent jail in the state to let inmates pay to stay in a newer, less-crowded facility than the regular county jail. For $155 per night — about the cost of a three-star hotel — both men and women convicted of misdemeanors can bunk in a special area of the Fremont Detention Center instead. While the new lodging option was intended to boost revenue and reduce overcrowding in county jails nearby, critics say the “alternative confinement program” is really just a jail for the rich.

With shared showers, foam mattresses, and few amenities other than high-definition television sets, the jail is no hotel. But for those looking to avoid a stay in the larger Glenn E. Dyer Detention Facility in Oakland or the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin — which houses 4000 inmates, many of whom have gang affiliations —…

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