HILLSBORO — Want to spend a night in jail? And how about paying for the privilege?
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department in eastern Missouri has come up with a novel way to pay for mattresses at a new jail addition.
Officials are offering the public a chance to stay overnight on July 31 at the recently finished addition. For $50 a person or $90 a couple, people can tour the new facility, learn more about jail and stay overnight. They are expected to receive Jefferson County "bed and breakfast" T-shirts, snacks — and souvenir mug shots.
A "get out of jail free" card is expected to be available. Those who want to leave early have to give another $10. Proceeds are to benefit the county's jail maintenance fund.