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Sara Mayeux

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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.

I tracked down the City of Springfield website, where you can download the press release soliciting volunteers:

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.

Written by sara

January 24, 2010 at 6:06 pm

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  1. Sara: A far-reaching, detailed blog. Really liked the one comparing number of black prison inmates to what percentage would be at Stanford/Florida. U.S. incarceration a disgrace. Keep up the good work. Louis Mayeux (Dad)

    Louis Mayeux

    January 25, 2010 at 6:00 am

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