Overnight Missouri jail stay for public planned as fundraiser

Tuesday, July 14, 2009 | 6:53 p.m. CDT; updated 9:01 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 14, 2009

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.

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