The financial crises that California jails have been subjected to may be alleviated with a new room-and-board tactic being experimented with at a Glendale city jail.

According to the Los Angeles Times, a Glendale jail is offering prisoners nicer, private quarters with access to showers, phones, and day-room areas for $85 per day.

We feel like we’d get a better deal with the Priceline negotiator, but apparently prisoners are taking full advantage of this deal with $96,475 being collected in 2012 due to this arrangement.

“I don’t feel that burden should be placed on the taxpayers,” said Juan Lopez, a Jail Administrator. Inmates also pay their own booking fees at $135 per processing.  $37,640 was collected in 2012.

Glendale is not the only jail that does this. Burbank and Pasadena police departments also offer similar programs, although they charge more.

The real question is: should inmates be allowed to make their stay more comfortable, even if they are helping to pay the cities bills with their need for “posh” digs? What do you think?

–Nadia Noir, CBS Radio Los Angeles


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