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Oregon Wants Prisoners to Pay for Incarceration

The Oregon DOC has introduced a bill into the Oregon Legislature that would allow the state to charge prisoners for their costs, which include transportation, room, board, clothing, security, medical and other living expenses. According to the DOC, the average cost of care for an Oregon prisoner is $47.85 per day.

Identical bills died in the 1989 and 1991 sessions of the legislature. The state house subcommittee that approved the bill expanded it to allow the DOC to go after not only prisoners' income but also any assets belonging to or due a prisoner.
Seattle Times, Jan. 21, 1993.

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