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Writer and mother, Terris McMahan Grimes, the Mother From Another Continent, an her friends share their slighty off kilter parenting views and their takes on a whole lot of other things.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Pay as you go jails

Anyone convicted of a crime knows a debt to society often must be paid in jail. But a slice of Californians willing to supplement that debt with cash (no personal checks, please) are finding that the time can be almost bearable.

For offenders whose crimes are usually relatively minor (carjackers should not bother) and whose bank accounts remain lofty, a dozen or so city jails across the state offer pay-to-stay upgrades. Theirs are a clean, quiet, if not exactly recherché alternative to the standard county jails, where the walls are bars, the fellow inmates are hardened and privileges are few.

How long until we offer rich people nicer courts too? Or let them buy their way out of their sentence?

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At 10/25/2007 7:14 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


Wasn't there a time in U.S. history that a slave could serve a sentence and report for military service for master?

Why would we expect anything different now?


At 10/26/2007 3:16 PM , Blogger Terris McMahan Grimes said...

Yes, there was. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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