Moneyed inmates to live the hotel life in prison?

( Prison may become a haven for more affluent inmates if Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago’s proposed "pay-to-stay" program is passed into law, reports ABS-CBN.


Patterning her proposal from the prison in Beverly Hills, California, Santiago said that her program would allow wealthy prisoners separation from others and certain small luxuries. "Minimum security prisoners should be allowed to apply for a ’pay-to-stay’ program, if they are willing to pay hotel rates," she said in a statement quoted in the article.


The Beverly Hills jail, according to ABS-CBN News, has provisions for private cells, cellphones, work-release programs, and iPods among others. It also has three kinds of programs: straight time, where the prisoner can stay in jail for his sentence; weekender, where he can opt to check in on Saturdays and check out on Mondays until the sentence is completed; and work furlough, where the prisoner can work for the day and stay in jail at night.


However, Santiago clarifies that her program was meant for those convicted of non-violent crimes such as crimes against public interest, like fraud and forgery; crimes against public morals, like gambling; and crimes against propery, like theft, said the article.


"The new law will disqualify any prisoner who has a history of violence, is a sex, drug, or arson registrant, or has a situation or condition that may endanger the health, safety, or welfare of the other 'pay-to-stay' inmates, or the jail staff," clarified Santiago in the report. Ex-governor and convicted murderer Antonio Leviste, said Santiago, does not fall under the program.



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