Greensboro, NC -- There will be 100 "prisoners" in the new Guilford County jail Friday night. But they're not your run-of-the-mill prisoners. They PAID to spend the night.
One hundred leaders of the community checked in at 6:00 pm to begin their "sentence". Their overnight stay is actually helping the jail staff. It gives them a chance to actively test their equipment and procedures without putting anyone in danger or risking an escape. Sheriff BJ Barnes said he had some surprises for the staff and the guests that will truly test whether the staff is ready or not.
Friday night's "inmates" was taken into the custody, processed through the system, had their fingerprints and photo taken, and a file will be developed as if they were actually arrested. They were classified, given a jumpsuit, put in a cell, and participated in the same activities as an inmate. Each person got a "Get Out of Jail Free" card, if they needed to get out early. If the "inmate" made it to 6:00 am, they got free breakfast, their file, and released.
People had to apply to participate, and each applicant made a donation to one of two charities supported by the Guilford County Sheriff's Office: Special Olympics or The Field of Honor.
WFMY News 2/Guilford County Sheriff's Office