Missouri Charges Prisoners For Their Confinement; Is That Fair?
The Crime Report
May 2, 2016

“After four months of prison ‘shock time’ for drunken driving in St. Louis County, Mo., Alex thought he was done with his sentence. Then he learned of another penalty: a $6,370 bill for the cost of his incarceration, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. It was a punishment he never expected, never really had a chance to contest, and certainly could not afford as he tried to restart a life with a criminal record now trailing him. Alex is one of the luckier ones targeted by the Missouri Incarceration Reimbursement Act, a prison cost-saving program dating to 1988. Some inmates have been billed tens of thousands of dollars after the state learned they had enough to pay even just a portion of their costs.”

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