A bill has been introduced to facilitate the charging of wealthy prison inmates for their living expenses.
Press Release Service – Wired PR News – Elected officials have proposed charging wealthy state prison inmates for their living expenses while serving time. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the bill introduced by GOP Assemblyman James Tedisco in New York contains provisions for charging inmates $90 each day while living at state prisons.
As noted in the report, the bill is designed to decrease annual costs of housing prisoners. Tedisco is quoted by the AP as stating of the legislation, “This concept says if you can afford it, or even some of it, you’re going to help the beleaguered taxpayers who play by the rules.”
However, many reportedly oppose the measure citing it would place an undue burden on the families of inmates who provide them with money. Sarah Geraghty with the Southern Center for Human Rights is quoted by the AP as stating of the issue, “It’s the spouses, children and parents who pay the fees. They are the people who contribute to prisoners’ canteen accounts.”
Elizabeth Alexander, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s National Prison Project, is further quoted as stating, “The overwhelming number of people who end up in prison are poor… The number of times in which these measures actually result in a lot of money coming in is very small.”
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