Although the government spends over $30 billion per year on the prison system, some states have laws giving counties the authority to charge prisoners for the privilege of being locked up and deprived of their civil rights and liberties (not to mention their ability to work and earn money).
Several counties in the state of Michigan will soon be implementing such a program. Inmates will be charged for the room, board and medical expenses incurred during their stay in the luxurious cell provided by the state. The starting rate will be $30 per day, plus a processing fee and any additional medical costs. It may seem harsh, but prisoners will be relieved to know that Visa and Mastercard will be accepted.
From: MIM Notes
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