Get Locked Up – For A Good Cause

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The accommodations lack plush towels or Tempur-Pedic beds or extra pillows — and checking out is a nightmare. In fact, it’s the worst hotel you could imagine.

So sensible people don’t seek to spend a night in jail — especially if they have to pay for it.

However, you still might want to join other law-abiding citizens Friday as they freely give up their freedoms for a few hours to tour the new women’s dormitory in Globe — and raise money for the battered women’s shelters in Payson and Globe.

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office is hosting Spend a Night in Jail July 13 before the new, 40-bed facility officially opens for inmates.

Get the full tour, including arrest, booking, and even a night in the slammer, where you can eat the same food and beverage as inmates — all for just $100. The sheriff’s office will donate collected funds to the Time Out Shelter in Payson and Gila County Safe Home in Globe.

Gila County Sheriff John Armer is offering up jail transport vans to bring Payson residents to Globe.

Attendees will walk away with several souvenirs, including a wallet-size plastic booking photo, a copy of the detention center’s mission statement and a fact sheet, jail officials said. Supervising the night’s festivities will be Jail Commander, Major Jim Eskew.

Construction of the facility started more than two years ago and has been a nightmare. The facility was supposed to take just nine months to construct, but work dragged on with an endless chain of troubles, including a faulty foundation that then cracked, leaky windows and roof, recreation yards that drained into the building and concrete found in the pipes.

With those issues wrapped up, the 40-bed facility can finally open — and not a moment too soon, officials noted. The existing jails in Payson and Globe are beyond capacity with women inmates.

The women’s facility in Globe can currently house 18 inmates, but often holds three times that many. While the new jail will alleviate overcrowding on the women’s side, it is only a matter of time before the men’s jail will need remodeling and expansion, Armer said.

Armer thanked Tamara Clarke of the DLR Group for their design of the new women’s dormitory and Gila County officials “for the recognition and response to the serious inefficiencies of the present aging county jail and detention facilities.”

To make a reservation contact Sgt. Christine Duarte at (928) 402-4258.

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