Jail Term and Cannot Miss Work? What Is Private Jail?
Private jail does indeed exist throughout Los Angeles and Orange County. Riverside County does not have private jail at all and in fact, in these tough economic times, Riverside County has recently proposed charging all its inmates for their stays in their county jail.The Gist of This Article: Private jail is a local city jail that charges for one to stay there instead of in the tumultuous, often more dangerous county jail. Some jails allow those in custody to leave to go to work and return to jail after work, as if returning home for the night.
Private jail is often is only available for males and most private jails require proof of a recent negative TB (tuberculosis) test to ensure no one is infected by this contagious sickness. Some jails actually test the applicant for TB before they admit the individual. One may also be disqualified if he or she has a conviction for any serious felonies, especially those involving violence.
Private jail is most often sought in second-time DUI’s when one must serve at least 96 hours in county jail, although our office has had clients serve their time in private jail for much longer terms. In Los Angeles County, Torrance, Pasadena, LaVerne, Pomona, Huntington Park, Montebello, Monterrey Park, Redondo Beach, Hawthorne, San Fernando, Monrovia, Burbank, Culver City, Gardena, Glendale and Hermosa Beach police department offer private jail. In Orange County, Seal Beach, Huntington Beach, Anaheim and Fullerton offer such a program.
The fees charged for private jail vary widely, but first usually include an application fee. These fees vary from $270 to stay at the LaVerne, Burbank or Gardena jail to no application fee at the Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Torrance, Anaheim, Montebello, Hawthorne, Huntington Beach, Culver City or Glendale jail. When an application fee is charged, the average fee is about $75.
The fees for staying vary from $238 per night at the Hermosa Beach Police Station jail to $45 per day at the LaVerne jail (the least expensive). Some jails such as the Anaheim Police Department charge a higher fee ($125 for the first day) and then a lower fee ($85) for each day thereafter. The average fee per night seems to be $110. It is not free or really, even inexpensive. It is the cost of a moderately priced hotel.
Some private jails will allow the inmate to leave for work during the day, with strict rules that the person return straight to the jail after work, only to leave again the next morning. Once back at the jail, one sleeps in a cell, in a modest bed with a thin mattress, in a locked cell with a concrete floor and a simple toilet nearby. It is still jail.
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