Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Charging Inmates Perpetuates Mass Incarceration

As the costs of mass incarceration proliferate, so do the means by which local officials charge inmates and those accused of crimes. A new report chronicles the economics of court fines and penalties that perpetuate cycles of crime, punishment, and imprisonment.

At least a few localities in nearly every state in the country impose "pay-to-stay" fees on prisoners for everything from medical costs, to food, to clothes. These fees are difficult for the often indigent prisoners and their families to pay, and can make successful reentry into society near impossible for some.

Download the PDF

View on Scribd

View Interactive Map

Read the Introduction


No comments: