06 May: Beach Bill Would Make Inmates Pay Cost Of Their Incarceration

TRENTON � Sen. James Beach has introduced a bill that would require inmates with financial means to pay the state for the cost of their incarceration

The bill (S-2809) would require the state Department of Corrections to establish and collect an annual fee from inmates in state correctional facilities. The money would be used to offset the cost of their imprisonment. The fee established by the bill would be equivalent to the average cost to the department of incarcerating an inmate for one year.