This advert for a jailhouse ‘hotel’ is designed to deter criminals

A sheriff’s office in the United States is encouraging citizens not to commit crime with an “advert” for the county jail.

In a video posted to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office Facebook account, Sheriff Rick Staly talks through a new sign installed at the county jail’s entrance.

The neon flashing sign reading the “Green Roof Inn” shows it has vacancies for criminals.

There is new signage at the Green Roof Inn! Check out this short video to learn why you do NOT want to visit the County Jail.

Posted by Flagler County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, February 8, 2018

Features designed to deter potential guests include, no privacy, no meal selection and free designer jewellery – handcuffs.

“The purpose of the signs is crime prevention,” Sheriff Staly said.

“It is a warning to potential offenders that the jail is not a 5-star hotel. When you are arrested, we provide the minimum accommodations as required by law.

“Hopefully when people see the signs and the list of accommodations offered they will think twice about committing a crime in Flagler County.”

The new addition isn’t the only sign to be added to the premises. There is also one on the way out, thanking former inmates for visiting and encouraging them not to return.

The sheriff’s office uses other novel methods to raise awareness. Every Friday, Sheriff Staley plays fugitive bingo, where a person on the run is showcased to the public.

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