Ga. debates pay to stay prison bill

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ATLANTA - House lawmakers are set to consider a contentious proposal that would allow state officials to collect money from people in prison and their families to cover the costs of their incarceration.

"The Jail and Prison Reimbursement Act" would require prisoners in Georgia facilities to pay a reimbursement fee to the state for medical care and establish an average per diem cost of up to $40 a day. It also allows collections officials to seize assets and property of prisoners and their families in court.

Supporters say the measure, which faces its first committee hearing Wednesday, will help the state recoup costs in a tough economy. Critics worry it could saddle innocent family members with daunting costs.

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sueboo418
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sueboo418 02/18/09 - 04:19 pm
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ahhh yeah, you are going to

ahhh yeah, you are going to make innocent family members suffer and have to pay out for someone else's stupidity when 9 times out of 10 they have had nothing to do with the crime. How stupid is that? Just make the prisoner pay restitution when (and if) they get out of prison. Family members should NOT be held responsible for that debt.

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 02/18/09 - 04:22 pm
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if they are innocent then the

if they are innocent then the state repays the victum and their family back the money they paid in with lets say 10% interest compounded daily...there enuff said, its time the thugs and other criminals pay something towards their "meals, clothes & room and board" i as a person who chooses to do the right thing and go to work everyday am sick of taking care of the sorry criminals who choose to break the law and now we must take care of them as long as they are in jail...if it every comes up for a vote you have mine

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misterme 02/18/09 - 05:13 pm
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Why make the innocent pay for

Why make the innocent pay for the deeds of the guilty? It appears that our "fearless/stupid" leaders do not want to do the correct thing and make all prisoners work!!

way
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way 02/18/09 - 05:15 pm
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define criminals family --

define criminals family -- why should the family have to pay when 9 times out of 10 - the family has begged the criminal to straighten out and has probably has disowned them by now -- if they can't pay for their own mistakes, put them to work. don't make innocent family members pay for others stuipid criminal doings. do what the sheriff out west does, put them in a tent and feed them bologna sandwiches, put them to work at the animal shelter or roads or the dump..................make them earn their stay like it used to be

way
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way 02/18/09 - 05:18 pm
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quit buying them tv's - quit

quit buying them tv's - quit paying for cable

SCGAL53
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SCGAL53 02/18/09 - 05:20 pm
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I say feed them bread and

I say feed them bread and water. If the family wants them to eat better, let them pay for groceries.

Martinez
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Martinez 02/18/09 - 06:30 pm
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I say provide only the bare

I say provide only the bare necessities to those not willing to work and then reward those who are willing with the extras. As for assets, anything held by the prisoner or jointly should be fair game. There is no reason why the jails can't be made more self-sufficient financially. Every job inside those walls absent security, can be performed by a prisoner - kitchen, janitorial, yard maintenance etc. Why not have a garden for fresh vegtables, etc. If we can spend millions helping small villages in unheard of places become self-sufficient with limited resources, why can't we do the same with prisoners too? A little work ethic might help them re-acclimate to society later too for those that are serving shorter sentences.

riptide
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riptide 02/18/09 - 06:58 pm
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how sorry can this state

how sorry can this state gov't get? As a 20 year former state prison employee I witnessed the outrageous exspense the state poured out to prisoners for health care. I saw and partisipated in the transfer of local state prisoners hundreds of miles to see specialist across this state. Most of these convicts were were far beyond the the adolesent age. They were grown men in age. The general public and tax payers for this state would be up in arms if they knew the money spent by the state to care for and support these crimmnals. It boils down to a money making deal and under the table deals. Make not doubt about it, the state prison system goes far beyond just incarserating and protecting the public. I saw money wasted by prison officials and most notably Wardens, wasted money on redecorating and other items to make their daily routens comfortable. On one occasion it took me over 6 months to obtain special restraints for prisoners, while the warden redecorated his front office staff officies. NOW they are thinking about billing family of convicted felons for their incarciration. How sorry and crooked can you get???
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its a ham
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its a ham 02/18/09 - 07:47 pm
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Most prisoner's families

Most prisoner's families don't own anything. Not even a car. Talk about bleeding a turnip.

walrus4ever
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walrus4ever 02/18/09 - 08:06 pm
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Give em a bush axe and put

Give em a bush axe and put them in a ditch 40 hrs a week, hot cold,rain shine. Then feed them bologna ,blackeyed peas and cornbread for lunch on the side of the road. Put a guard with a shotgun behind them and make them work. That used to be the case in Georgia and it will make a believer out of you. Take my word for it!

riptide
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riptide 02/18/09 - 08:17 pm
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this state citizens don't

this state citizens don't know half of it. It is is another under-handed, behind the scenes net work of the Good Ole Boy network. If the Feds were not so dirted handed, they should take a look at all states prisons systems. Its like the fox looking after the hen house. I'm just a country boy, but common sense far out ways the the educated idiots we have running both Fed, state and local governments.

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MtnMan 02/19/09 - 01:07 am
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This is a stupid thing to

This is a stupid thing to even consider !! It will never work! And why should the family of a misfit pay for his or her doings?

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