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Missouri Seizes Prisoner Assets Worth $748,682 In 2005

A more accurate motto for the show me state may be the show me the money state. In 2005 Attorney General Jay Nixon confiscated $748,682 from Missouris most oppressed residents--state prisoners.

The money was seized under the 1988 Missouri Incarceration Reimbursement Act, which allows the state to pirate up to 90% of a prisoners assets, exclusive of obligations to a spouse or children. Nixon has appropriated more than $4 million from prisoners for supposed imprisonment costs since he took office in 1993.

Thanks to the investigative legwork done by my staff, weve once again identified those inmates with the means to pay in 2005 and recovered assets due to the state, Nixon crowed.

He neglected to say how much that investigative legwork cost, but it was likely more than the amount collected. Cost of incarceration statutes, increasingly popular, are generally more about good politics than good fiscal stewardship.

Some notable seizures from Missouri prisoners included $34,036 from John Delmain and $10,768 from Warren Delmain, brothers who inherited money from their dead fathers estate; $30,335 confiscated from the bank account of John Cox, serving time for driving while intoxicated; and $20,684 left to Latrelle Campbell through a relatives estate.
Perhaps prisoners will next be forced to pay for their own executions--a potential boon for Texas.


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