Effort To Stop State From Charging Former Prisoners For Incarceration

Feb 25, 2016

A pair of Illinois lawmaker are trying to stop the state from suing former prisoners to to pay for their own incarceration.

Credit flickr user / Michael Coghlan "Prison Bars" (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Right now, the state of Illinois sues about 10 former inmates a year.

CASSIDY: It’s morally repugnant, it’s just, it’s wrong.

State Representative Kelly Cassidy is sponsoring a new bill to prohibit the Illinois Department of Corrections from trying to get money from former inmates.

CASSIDY: It’s also counterproductive. We know any barrier to re-entry is a path to recidivism.

A corrections spokeswoman says they are neutral on the bill.

Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for the Illinois attorney general says they would welcome the change.

Last fall, one lawsuit involved the state seeking more than $100,000 from a parolee.