Gov. Snyder signs municipal jail reimbursement bill

Gov. Snyder signs municipal jail reimbursement bill

LANSING— Legislation allowing local municipal jails to collect from the inmates costs associated with their stay was signed into law by Gov. Snyder on Wednesday, said sponsor state Sen. Rick Jones.

Country jails can force inmates to reimburse them for costs associated with their stay. However, before Jones’ measure was signed into law, a municipal jail or lock-up that typically holds a prisoner for 1 to 3 days could not recoup any costs.

“If counties can seek reimbursement for the costs associated with housing inmates, than local municipalities should be able to as well” said Jones R-Grand Ledge. “Local municipalities should have the same tools as counties in order to help them cover their corrections costs.  This measure gives them that ability.”

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