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How California’s pay-to-stay jails create a two-tiered justice system. Full Article Also see Los Angeles Times article

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Please don’t knock it, until you’ve tried it. You can also do house arrest for $40 a day.

Although I spent my limited time in an open unfenced campus facility nicknamed “camp snoopy” (lol), I would have loved to of spent my time at this paid facility if I had known that was an option. Although I’m not complaining since I was able to leave my jail facility with an employee and purchase fast food and any other supplies I wanted. I even was able to pay for pizza party’s for the population of 50-100 inmates. If you get in trouble in Santa Cruz County, try your best to be allowed to serve your jail time at “the Farm” rehabilitation center in Watsonville. They offer a High School GED and food service training, automotive training and computer training. No matter where you do your time, always try for a food service job, you will eat very well and the health department requires them to provide you with clean cloths on a daily basis. Sundays were great since that was visitation day and visitors could sneak in goodies for us that wasn’t otherwise available in the canteen. You could easily escape if you just wanted to head south of the border forever (many did, just don’t get caught and end up in max security).

I spent my time at Seal Beach and was allowed work furlough. My lawyer had originally said I would be able to do weekend work crew type stuff. But he forgot to check if a RSO could do that, which you can’t. I had to go back to the juymyself to request pay to stay so I could keep my job. It was a good place, pretty clean and safe.

How bad are sex offenders treated in county jail? My husband will be spending six months in county jail on a sexual battery charge. I am afraid for his safety.

He’ll be fine. Obviously don’t talk about the charges. Most of the time people will not bother asking. And if they do, just have a consistent story in place. And if he’s really worried about his safety, he can always ask to be placed in PC (protective custody). The only thing that sucks about PC is that you’re in your cell 23 hours a day. He’ll most likely have a cellmate but they group similar cases together (at least for RCs). So whomever he’s with, that person will also be an RC. But still do not discuss your actual situation (whether or not the cellmate seems like a good person, the vents in the cell carry conversations clearly and far).

It depends on what State and County. He should ask for placement in a protected area. Keep himself low key.

Jay<<< Unless he is accused of an offense that involve physical contact with little child and / or a very high profile case that involve many victims. I would not be too worry. I was in the system doing time for 5 hard years. And I made it through. Then again, I hope your spouse invoke the 5th when he's surrounded by his many inmates "friends" or guards.

I would think that those in jail are there for either a short period of time or are waiting to be transferred to prison. A lot of jails have separate areas or mods to house SOs and he might be in a two person cell for 23 hours a day. Those in for a short period of time will hardly want to mess up their life and won’t care for other’s offenses. He should make up a story other than that he is in there for a sex offense, and given the short time he received, his story will most likely be believed. My guy did 5 months in county and never had a problem at all. Some others with more experience will most likely chime in. Will he do the entire 6 months, or only 80 percent?

A few general tips if he still hasn’t gone in.

The food is pretty bad, so if possible, keep money on the books for him. A Cup O Noodles may seem like ambrosia, depending on how picky of an eater he is. They hand out an order sheet a few times a month.

If you do put money on his books, make sure he doesn’t flaunt it and the things he buys. Most guys have nothing and it could create issues.

Resist the urge to share your goods and buy things for others. It can create issues as well.

Make sure he wears shoes in the shower otherwise you risk fungus. He can wear the rubber shoes they give him at check in, and can buy slippers if you put money on the books.

You can buy books for him from Amazon but be sure to checks the jails guidelines. Most require the books to be new and soft cover and they’ll need to ship to him from Amazon.

Thank you very much for responding. I have been worried sick. Cannot wait for this to be over.

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