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Glendale jail finds many inmates willing to pay its $85-a-day rate

April 07, 2013|By Veronica Rocha, Times Community News
  • A file photo of the Glendale city jail.
A file photo of the Glendale city jail. (Glendale News Press )

Inmates at the Glendale city jail didn't just pay their debt to society 2012. They also paid about $96,000 to stay at the facility.

For $85 a day, prisoners sleep in separate quarters from other inmates, have access to phones, showers and day-room areas. But they still must perform laundry and janitorial tasks inside the jail. They get two cold meals and one hot meal a day.

The pay-to-stay program generated $96,475 in 2012, up from $67,995 in 2011, according to Glendale Police Department reports. The program, established in 2008, helps to offset operational costs at the jail.

"I don't feel that burden should be placed on the taxpayers," Jail Administrator Juan Lopez said, adding that inmates "should pay their own way."

In addition, everyone who is booked at the jail must pay $135 to cover the costs of being processed. City officials collected $37,640 in booking fees in 2012, roughly double the amount collected in 2010.

The Burbank and Pasadena police departments operate similar pay-to-stay programs, but charge a higher daily rate.

After a brief suspension, the "Weekender Jail Program" program at the Burbank Police Department will return April 8 on Fridays, Saturday and Sundays, Lt. Eddie Ruiz said. The program costs $100 a day. Inmates must not have any medical problem and they must preregister days beforehand.

The Pasadena Police Department charges $140 a day for its program plus a one-time $63 administrative fee.

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veronica.rocha@latimes.com

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