Afraid of Jail? Buy an Upgrade
The Marshall Project
March 9, 2017

“In what is commonly called ‘pay-to-stay’ or ‘private jail,’ a constellation of small city jails — at least 26 of them in Los Angeles and Orange counties — open their doors to defendants who can afford the option. But what started out as an antidote to overcrowding has evolved into a two-tiered justice system that allows people convicted of serious crimes to buy their way into safer and more comfortable jail stays.”

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