A Bed-and-Breakfast That's Tough to Leave

Solid citizens are booked, fingerprinted and sent to jail. Their crime? Curiosity

Under cover of night, a white bus marked SHERIFF PRISONER TRANSPORT pulls into a sprawling concrete compound with a cargo of new fish--convict slang for first-timers. The passengers are segregated by iron grilles into minimum-, medium- and maximum-security seating. They cannot see the shadowy outline of the snow-capped Wasatch mountains because the only windows on the bus are narrow and situated high above their heads. The bus lurches to a stop, and an officer cheerily calls out, "Welcome to jail. Does anyone want to be handcuffed?"

On this brisk evening, the Salt Lake County Adult Detention Complex is moonlighting as a...

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