Sheriff wants inmates to pay $5 per day

Sheriff wants inmates to pay $5 per day

There are 38 comments on the WWLP Massachusetts story from Feb 4, 2009, titled Sheriff wants inmates to pay $5 per day. In it, WWLP Massachusetts reports that:

A Massachusetts sheriff says jail inmates ought to pay for part of the cost of their incarceration.

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Great Idea

Fitchburg, MA

#1 Feb 4, 2009
ABSOLUTELY, Make em' pay for thier stay, it's a hotel that they CHOSE to stay in by choosing their unacceptable behavior. WHY should the victims and public pay for these incarcerated people without taking any responsibilty for their actions!!!
what

Middlefield, MA

#2 Feb 4, 2009
and if they dont pay, then what? throw them out?
Judge Judy

Agawam, MA

#3 Feb 4, 2009
Put them in the hole
Heres Why

Bensalem, PA

#4 Feb 4, 2009
Sheriff, you big meanie. This is hate speak, pure and simple. They were just turning their lives around when they were arrested, charged and sentenced. Had a job interview @ McD's planned, too. The ACLU will be calling, mark my words.
Sassy

East Otis, MA

#5 Feb 4, 2009
What stupidity. You cannot force them to be there then say "now you have to pay to stay here"? Plus you are taking the populations poorest people and asking them to pay for incarceration? HA! The sheriff needs meds and a shrink. If he's interested mine is pretty good, so I can give him a referal...
Karoleb

Wellfleet, MA

#6 Feb 4, 2009
And from where do you propose that these guys get this money? Unless they are in a work release program, or earning a whopping 30-40 cents an hour serving meals, or emptying trashcans and sweeping up after the wardens (earning $3.20 to $4.00/day), the only place these guys are going to get $1825 a year is from their families. Why penalize the families?
TheHOODLUM

Mesa, AZ

#7 Feb 4, 2009
this is wrong! the inmates are being forced to be there so why should they have to pay to be there?
concerned

Springfield, MA

#8 Feb 4, 2009
Good for that, why should we have to foot the bill for the loosers
mojowerkin

East Otis, MA

#9 Feb 4, 2009
Karoleb wrote:
And from where do you propose that these guys get this money? Unless they are in a work release program, or earning a whopping 30-40 cents an hour serving meals, or emptying trashcans and sweeping up after the wardens (earning $3.20 to $4.00/day), the only place these guys are going to get $1825 a year is from their families. Why penalize the families?
When you can't pay a fine they throw you in jail and credit you $30 a day. So going by that, the state will have to pay inmates a net of $25 a day.
Enough

New London, NH

#10 Feb 4, 2009
You can't suck blood from a stone. The ones who can't pay get the stinkinest, lousy jobs in the prison. The one's who do, get the cakework.
Stop

Springfield, MA

#11 Feb 4, 2009
concerned wrote:
Good for that, why should we have to foot the bill for the loosers
Oh you'll doa lot more than just foot the bill, you'll likely get beaten to a pulp when they have no choice but to steal FROM YOU AND ME to pay for their fines. You can't get water from a stone.
The sheriff has a screw loose.
Bob

New York, NY

#12 Feb 4, 2009
What a ridiculous idea. What if they refuse to pay, do you then spend even more to incarcerate them longer. Will it become debtors prison... we should be moving forward not backwards. Absolutely stupid.
Ken

AOL

#13 Feb 4, 2009
Charge them $50 a day
interesting

Springfield, MA

#14 Feb 4, 2009
HECK YEAH!! This will encourage criminals to stay out of jail. At that rate they will pay $150 per month which is not bad considering they might get a free room mate, bathroom, bed, food and other stuff.
Thanks for the laugh

Everett, MA

#15 Feb 4, 2009
When it comes down to it,WE,yes WE,WE will be paying for it.WE will be paying more taxes to keep them there longer because they cant pay,or WE will be the ones being robbed so they can pay the bill that they racked up being locked up.not a good idea,like in 2004,it will be shot down,why,because its an idea that just wont work.
Tax me to

Southbury, CT

#16 Feb 4, 2009
Lets take there tax refund to,

“The Truth Will Set You Free”

Since: Jan 09

Truth Or Consequences, N.Mex.

#17 Feb 5, 2009
Tax me to wrote:
Lets take there tax refund to,
I agree. If Obama "spreads any of the wealth" their way after their incarceration, the state should take it to pay ( part) of their incarceration. While they're at it, if the former inmates get any income tax refunds, then take that too. If you make it TRULY undesirable AND unprofitable to be an inmate in this state, then the once and future inmate population will go to another state where being an inmate is more profitable.
Food for thought

United States

#19 Feb 8, 2009
Tax me to wrote:
Lets take there tax refund to,
Tax refund?? TAX REFUND?? You seriously think these yabba dabba dooers, these walking forms of human waste, these losers, pay taxes??? You cant pay taxes when your making a living gang bangin,selling drugs,stealing your stereo,breakin in to my neighbors house and car jacking my co-worker. Why do you think they're in jail???
GOOD IDEA

Waltham, MA

#20 Feb 8, 2009
Great Idea wrote:
ABSOLUTELY, Make em' pay for thier stay, it's a hotel that they CHOSE to stay in by choosing their unacceptable behavior. WHY should the victims and public pay for these incarcerated people without taking any responsibilty for their actions!!!
Yes I think they should be made to pay instead of buying their cigarettes and who knows what else. Maybe they'll be like everyone else and foot their own bill. Also, if there is so much overcrowding there, send them over to Iraq to help out our guys.
Enough

New London, NH

#25 Feb 9, 2009
I gottheRunz wrote:
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Hey genius, only the priveleged get work at all. 99.9% of inmates do not work, or do anything all day long. That's why we should get the high speed internet and laptops to keep them busy and contented.
Well heck, if that's the case, force them to bust rocks or tie them to the bars of their cells and put some tiger stripes across their backs.....The ACLU should be abolished for these swine.

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