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Episode 13 (Criminal Justice): Did you know that states bill inmates for their stay in jail?

Episode 13 (Criminal Justice): Did you know that states bill inmates for their stay in jail?

Did you know that states, cities, and counties are increasingly charging released inmates for their ‘stay’ at correctional facilities? The states call them ‘user fees’ and are enforced by the state…including (up to) putting the released inmate back in jail. The vast majority of released inmates live at or below the federal poverty line. This all results in states collecting less than ten percent of the annual outstanding criminal justice debt and in complicating the life of the released inmate.

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