Fremont police to offer pay-to-stay jail program

FREMONT, Calif. (AP)

A Northern California police department will be offering an alternative for inmates who may prefer to pay for their stay in jail.

Fremont police say they will begin a Pay-to -Stay program at its detention facility for those convicted of misdemeanors and ordered to spend several days in Alameda County jails.

The Fremont Argus ( ) says inmates can pay a $155 daily fee, similar to staying at a hotel, to avoid serving their time in rougher county jails in Oakland and Dublin.

The inmates must get a judge’s approval and go through a screening by jail officials.

Similar programs are offered in other California cities including Anaheim, Beverly Hills and Roseville, which is located near Sacramento.

The ACLU is criticizing the pay-to-stay program, calling it “a jail for the rich.”

(Information is from: The Oakland Tribune,

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