Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Prisoners May Face Some New Charges; under a House Bill, Inmates Would Have to Pay for Their Incarceration, Medical Costs

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Prisoners May Face Some New Charges; under a House Bill, Inmates Would Have to Pay for Their Incarceration, Medical Costs

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ATLANTA - Georgia inmates could soon be paying their own way, or at least as much as they can afford, if a bill pending in the House becomes law.

Rep. Roger Lane, R-Darien, introduced House Bill 295 Thursday. It would require inmates to reimburse the detention facility for incarceration and medical costs.

"I've gotten a lot of preliminary support for the concept of having people who can afford to reimburse be required to do so," Lane said.

The bill extends the types of medical costs inmates without insurance have to repay. It applies to the 24 state prisons, three private prisons and all county prisons, but excludes city jails.

Other states, including Connecticut and Arizona, already charge inmates for incarceration costs, Lane said. "We made our plan more comprehensive, though."

Prisons would charge no more than $40 a day for incarceration, plus medical costs.

The state spent nearly $200,000 in health-care costs for both prisons and jails in 2007, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections. …

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