Inmates Pay for Prison Stay

9 years 11 months 5 days ago December 31, 2006 Dec 31, 2006 Sunday, December 31 2006 Sunday, December 31, 2006 2:36:50 PM CST in News
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JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri prison inmates aren't getting much of a free stay. Attorney General Jay Nixon's office says it recovered almost $758 thousand from state inmates this year to reimburse the cost of their care. Since 1993, inmates have paid more than four million dollars in reimbursement. The average cost for a year in prison per inmate is $14 thousand. Nixon's office collects the money under a 1988 law that allows the state to take up to 90 percent of an inmate's assets after accounting for obligations to a spouse or children.

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