California prison is charging inmates $155 to upgrade to fancy wing with widescreen TV and ‘quiet surroundings’

Not your average jail: Inmates can transfer to Fremont Jail from anywhere in the state, provided they can afford the fancy new digsDaily Mail – by Ryan Gorman

California prisoners in one town are now able to upgrade their digs if they’ve got deep enough pockets.

Fremont, CA recently began charging inmates $155 a night to stay in a previously unused jail. The program is pay-as-they-go and provides a few perks that might be worth the cost to a few discerning inmates.  

It’s a win-win for both prisoners and the cash-strapped town.

Oh you fancy huh?: Inmates paying for the upgrades get widescreen HDTVsOh you fancy huh?: Inmates paying for the upgrades get widescreen HDTVs

Prior to the innovative program, the jail had been unused since being built in 2000, according to reports.

‘You do get cable TV, but you don’t get a warm cookie on your bed,’ Lieutenant Mark Devine, of the Fremont Police Department told KPIX.

Not quite a hotel, but better than the average prison, the nightly rate gives prisoners widescreen HDTV and gaming tables – cells, beds, bathrooms and showers are all standard issue though, according to the station. The city is not yet offering suites for an even higher price.

The added cost doesn’t include room service, rather the food and other treatment are the same as at any other jail.

Not that much better: Inmates still share cells, bathrooms and showersNot that much better: Inmates still share cells, bathrooms and showers

 

‘They get the same treatment as the general population – same food, same bed, same phone call and TV rights,’ a Fremont Police spokesperson told ABC News.

Currently with only 54 beds, the $10million facility can house up to 96 inmates, according to the city. Inmates are split into pods that can hold up to eight inmates at once.

The program is open only to inmates convicted of misdemeanors who receive prior approval from a judge. Approval is contingent on passing a health screening, which includes a TB test, and a background check to ensure a non-violent past, according to ABC News.

Never expected to be filled to capacity, officials believe the main selling point for the added cost is the peace and quiet that comes with taking a break from the general population.

Not your average jail: Inmates can transfer to Fremont Jail from anywhere in the state, provided they can afford the fancy new digsNot your average jail: Inmates can transfer to Fremont Jail from anywhere in the state, provided they can afford the fancy new digs

‘The only other thing you’re really paying for is the smallness and the quietness of the facility,’ Lieutenant Devine told KPIX.

That peace and quiet is expected to be a windfall for a city struggling to make ends meet. If just 16 inmates stay in the upgraded cells for only two days a week, Fremont would turn a tidy $244,000 profit annually.

‘We are the trustees of a large facility that was paid for with taxpayer money. Now we need to be good stewards of that investment and maximize its use and efficiency for the taxpayers,’ Lieutenant Devine told KPIX.

Similar programs are offered in jails in California in Anaheim, Beverly Hills and Roseville,

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5 thoughts on “California prison is charging inmates $155 to upgrade to fancy wing with widescreen TV and ‘quiet surroundings’

  1. Those guys have got to be crazy charging $155.00 A DAMNED NIGHT. I think that we all know who are going to be the only one that will be able to afford those luxuries while in jail. Watch and see most that will be getting to go there will turn out to be the jail house snitch or some dope dealer or most likely some damned cop or informant.

  2. I don’t know how calif does their math but at $244.000.00 a year from the inmates will not be a profit.How much will the operating costs be for a year plus transport costs? I think more than they will bring in.

  3. How much does it cost to stay home for your sentence?

    What we’re seeing here is the undermining of what’s left of our broken criminal justice system. Rich people get to buy their way out of the horrors of prison life in instances when simply letting them go free would cause too much public outrage.

    “It’s a win-win for both prisoners and the cash-strapped town.”

    What a steaming crock of shite. It’s a loss for most of the prisoners because any decent services that do exist in prison will now be prioritized for the rich wing, and the town is only “cash-strapped” because the citizenry’s been robbed.

    This may seem innocent on the surface, but what’s just been established as public policy here is that poor people are punished for crimes, and rich people aren’t. We’ve always known that to be the case to some degree, but by expressing it publicly and instituting it as policy they’re clearly stating that they are royals, and the rest of us are serfs.

    If this prison is stormed by an angry mob of citizens, I hope they have the good sense to throw the rich prisoners to the gang rapists for a few weeks before setting everyone free.

  4. OMG….this is ridiculous. Insanity abounds, yet again. So now we are trying to make prisons out to be a kind of luxury home? Unbelievable.

  5. This is mostly for the Silicon Valley hotshots who get busted for DUI since CA has a four day mandatory jail time for even the first offense.

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