Wednesday, January 6, 2010

In MA? Never

Interesting story HERE

Seems the local Sheriff in New Bedford MA was charging inmates $5 a day rent to help pay for the jail. Then the courts ruled against it and ended that. . . .

Now he is pushing the legislature to pass a law so that the Sheriffs of MA can charge reasonable fees for things at jail. It seems the court ruled that since the legislature did not give them the ability to charge fees then they can’t. So he is pushing the legislature to do just that and get some fees out of the inmates.

It would make the state on the order of $10 million a year according to the Sheriff. . . and we all know how well off the state is – hell ya we don’t need that money. . . .

Please, bring back the chain gang. Why not? Prison should not be fun, it should be legal and that is it. Make it a place that folks DON’T want to go.

I hope he pulls it off. . . ..

2 comments:

Sailorcurt said...

What if a prisoner either couldn't afford or refused to pay the "rent"?

Would they be evicted?

JD said...

I think the idea is that they would have to do some sort of work instead of just working out every day and watching TV. This they would be minnimaly paid for, would earn or save money for the state, and give them money to pay "rent" with. Have them out picking up trash for the petty crime folks, instead of paying DPW to do it. Or have them make something the state can sell. . . like furnature or such. . .