Boutique hotel or jail cell?

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California seems to have our own "Coolest, Smallest" if you have to spend time in the pokey. This may be one of those things to file away in the back of your mind in case you find yourself driving the wrong way on a freeway after taking a script and hitting the pipe..all in the name of menstrual cramps of course.

Many of the self-pay jails operate like secret velvet-roped nightclubs of the corrections world. You have to be in the know to even apply for entry, and even if the court approves your sentence there, jail administrators can operate like bouncers, rejecting anyone they wish. "I am aware that this is considered to be a five-star Hilton," said Nicole Brockett, 22, who was recently booked into one of the jails .. and paid $82 a day to complete a 21-day sentence for a drunken driving conviction.

In some instances you are allowed to bring your laptop and or an ipod so things aren't too shabby. Check your local cities before landing yourself in the slammer, depending on where you stay rates range from $75 to $127... hey, does that mean I get an upgrade?

via NYT

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