Slumber Party Behind Bars
Springfield, Oregon, is preparing for the grand opening of its brand-new, $30 million city jail, as recently reported by the Eugene Register-Guard. Though the facility was designed to be as austere as possible — inmates will wear stripes, sleep on concrete bunks, and have to forgo TV for the duration of their jail stay — citizens of Springfield have apparently been lining up to pay $20 for a chance to spend the night in the jail before it opens:
Construction is mostly complete and corrections workers will test the jail systems on volunteers who have agreed to spend a night there from Jan. 22 to Jan. 27, jail supervisor Richard Golden said. Once all fixes are made, the $30 million, 100-bed facility — the largest city jail in the state — will open.
Despite the austere accommodations, Springfield has received more than 200 applications from volunteers willing to pay $20 to stay overnight before the jail opens. Friday was the final day to apply, and Golden expects the number of potential volunteers to top 300. Applicants will undergo a criminal background check before being accepted.
The Springfield Justice Center is seeking volunteers to help officers prepare for real inmates. During your stay, you will be assigned a bunk to sleep on and you will be provided with dinner and breakfast. You will also receive a T-shirt and a souvenir mug shot. Participation is limited. … Guest will pay a nominal charge of $20 to cover meals and T-shirt.