(22.06.2017): ‚Pay for stay’: Some serious criminals pay for a ‘less intimidating’ prison experience

The so-called ‘pay for stay’ prisons, a kinder and gentler incarceration experience for those who can afford it, have been taken advantage of by a surprising number of inmates who have committed serious crimes, according to a new study by the Los Angeles Times and the Marshall Project, a nonprofit news organization.

In these facilities, an inmate – if approved by a judge – can pay to stay in a cleaner facility with access to books, movies and cable television on flat-screen TVs.  They are kept away from crime-ridden prisons, or offered, as one jail calls it, a “less intimidating environment.” Some inmates are even allowed to leave to work and return at night.

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