Pay as You Serve

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Prisoners in Orange County, California, will no longer have to stay in crowded cells or miss mobile phone calls - if they have money.

For just $75 to $127 a night, prisoners can upgrade to a cell with a laptop and sanctuary from non-paying inmates.

One jailed ex-sheriff was allowed three hot meals a day and use of a laptop - perhaps inappropriate considering he was convicted of using a computer for perjury, misuse of public funds and "borrowing" a helicopter.

The company running the jail claim "clients" can "avoid gang issues" and associate with people of "a similar persuasion as you." Rich people, perhaps?