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A Gila County deputy sheriff’s officer patiently waits for members of the media, Time Out shelter and outreach group personnel to cross over into unknown territory as they begin their tour behind the slammer.

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Everyone else was already on some assignment or other, so the burden of touring the Gila County Jail, fell to me. Whoo-hoo. Suck it up and do the job. We assembled in Payson, a motley assortment of reporters, photographers and people who actually paid to spend a night in jail with the money going to benefit the Time Out domestic violence shelter in Payson.

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