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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Hotel Jail

Paris Hilton's simple life might soon become slightly more simple if she becomes an inmate in one of the area's several "pay-to-stay" city jails.

On Thursday, the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office announced it had sufficient evidence that Hilton violated the terms of her DUI probation. Prosecutors want her to serve at least 90 days in jail. A hearing for Hilton is scheduled April 17.

Fortunately for Hilton, 26, several local cities offer jail accommodations that might be considered a cut above the standard accommodations available in the Los Angeles County women's lockup.

In Pasadena for example, Hilton can spend $127 a night for three hot meals and a cot, and live in a dorm that's separate from the housing offered to inmates awaiting arraignment, or those sleeping it off in the drunk tank.

"We ask that our inmates pay in advance with a money order or cashier's check," Pasadena police Cmdr. John Perez said. "It's safe here. We won't take people with a history of violence or medical problems."

The appeal of a jail like Pasadena's comes from its size, Perez said.

"It's kind of like a hotel," he said. "This is just a more controlled environment."


1 comment:

Andrew Oh-Willeke said...

Paris could probably deduct the cost as job training.