Pay to Stay: State Law Charging Inmates for Prison Cells Being Applied Differently From County to County

Florida’s “pay to stay” law is one most people don’t know about. It allows the state to charge inmates $50 a day for their prison sentence months, even years beyond their release date.

Last month, former Republican State Senator Jeff Brandes, who recently founded a non-partisan think tank focusing on criminal justice reform, the Florida Policy Project, told the ABC Action News I-Team, “Listen, I was on the Criminal Justice Committee for years, chaired the Criminal Justice Appropriations Committee, I did not know this was the law.”

The financial burden is one that critics say makes it much harder for former inmates to become productive citizens.

Read the full ABC Action News article here.

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