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Inmates Pay for Upgraded Cells

Posted Apr 30, 2007 8:29 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Some California inmates can upgrade to better accommodations.

Those who commit minor offenses can pay $75 to $127 per night at some city jails to get a regular door, distance from violent offenders and the right to bring their computer or iPod, the New York Times reports.

Critics charge it’s unfair for a richer inmate to get a better cell than one without money. “The system is supposed to be equitable,” Mike Jackson, the training manager of the National Sheriff’s Association, told the newspaper.

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