NEW YORK – A businessman's request to pay for his house arrest has renewed the debate over whether the wealthy should be allowed to finance their own private jails.
Dan Zhong has offered to hire a private security firm for $144,000 a month to secure his suburban New Jersey home in a way that would convince a court he can't flee the country.
The 47-year-old Zhong has pleaded not guilty to charges accusing him of using immigrants as "slave labor" on construction projects at Chinese diplomatic facilities. Like rich defendants in other cases, he wants to use his wealth to avoid languishing in jail while awaiting trial.
Prosecutors have questioned where his money is coming from.
A hearing is set for Monday.