BARTLESVILLE, Okla. - The construction of their new jail due for completion next month, Washington County sheriff's officials recently announced a plan to lock away area law-abiding citizens for good.
Well, for a good cause, that is.
The sheriff's office is offering area residents the “once in a lifetime experience” of spending one night in jail, while helping to support Mary Martha Outreach at the same time.
For a fee of $50 per person or $90 per couple, citizens participating in the fundraiser will arrive to the Washington County Detention Center where they will be booked, processed, photographed and fingerprinted on made-up charges.
According to Washington County Sheriff Rick Silver, the charge will be one “we are sure your kids and grandkids will laugh about for years to come.”
Once processed, the new jail birds will be changed into never worn jail “oranges” and then assembled together to be given a complete tour of the new facility.
Those arriving between 5 and 7 p.m. will be given a typical jail house meal. Evening activities will follow the meal and a headcount. Once the activities are completed, it will be lights out.
The jail birds will be released the next morning following breakfast and another headcount. The releases will begin at around 7 a.m. and will continue until the building is free of its inmates.
Those wanting to leave earlier may purchase a “get out of jail early card” for $10.
Reservations for the stay can be made beginning Oct. 17 at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office located at 420 S. Johnstone, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cash or checks will be accepted, however, checks will need to be made out to Mary Martha’s Outreach.
Those desiring to participate must be at least 18 years of age.
For more information about the event, call Sheriff Rick Silver at 918-337-2801.
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