Up For A Night In Jail?


(KARE) Want to spend the night in the slammer? Minnesota’s Chisago County Sheriff’s Office can help make it happen.

The department is letting people stay overnight inside the new Public Safety Center to see the facility and help deputies train before inmates arrive.

“All jail facilities in the state are funded by taxpayers, and so this is a way to let taxpayers come in and see what their taxes go towards,” said Chris Thoma, assistant jail administrator.

If you want to stay over, it will cost you $40.

“They will be dressed as inmates and they will stay in a day room,” explained Thoma. “They will use the kiosks to communicate with the outside world.”

This experience isn’t to make light of being in jail, Thoma said. It’s actually a chance to make sure everything is safe before putting inmates in the new facility.

“It’s a very serious deal when someone makes a mistake and ends up going to jail, that’s a very traumatic experience,” said Thoma. “What we are trying to do is test the facility so that when we do put inmates in here, it’s safe, it’s structured and operated as efficiently and safely as possible.” 

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