January 29, 2007

ID: intrepid reporter lasts 21 hours in jail

What's the worst part about doing time in Blaine County? It's not the pink elephants. From the Times-News:

A day on the inside - Journalist wants to see if county really needs new jail

My plan was to spend a full day - 24 hours - as an inmate in the Blaine County Jail. I didn't make it.

With 21 hours down, I left my cell for a quick visitation with a coworker, and after getting out from behind the bars and hearing a familiar voice, I couldn't stand the thought of another three hours.

The problem wasn't my cell mates - who were nicer than I ever would have expected - or the quality of the food. It was the boredom...