Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly’s jail now features a retro-neon blinking “Vacancy” light purchased with drug-seized assets. He calls his “motel” signs a form of crime prevention.
Flagler County, Fl., Sheriff Rick Staly has regularly referred to the county jail as the “Green Roof Inn” and now has posted three “motel” signs at the corrections complex in Bunnell, the Daytona Beach, Fl., News-Journal reports. The most eye-catching sign features a retro-neon blinking “VACANCY” light that was purchased with drug-seized assets. Below the sign is a list of accommodations that “guests” who are “checking in” can look forward to receiving including:
No Privacy, Group Bathrooms & Showers, No Meal Selection, Free Transportation to Court & State Prison, Designer Jewelry – Handcuffs & Leg Irons, Free Designer Clothing – Color Coordinated, and Jumpsuit & Shoes. A sign at the jail exit advises inmates who are “checking out” that if they break the law again, the Green Roof Inn “always has a light on” and that “beds are always available.” “The purpose of the signs is crime prevention,” Staly said. “It is a warning to potential offenders that the jail is not a 5-star hotel. When you get arrested, we provide the minimum accommodations as required by law. Once an offender ‘checks-in’ they lose their basic freedoms. They don’t decide what to eat, wear, or do with their day.” Flagler opened a 12-pod, 272-bed lockup in 2016 that was part of a $19 million overhaul to the inmate facility. The project tripled the county’s inmate capacity from 132 to more than 400. Flagler’s inmate population swelled in 2017 and hit a record high of 212 in July.