Elko County, Nev. has approved a plan to force inmates to pay for their own meals and medical care while theyâ€™re imprisoned in the county jail.
The Elko County Commission agreed last Wednesday to charge inmates $6 daily for meals, $10 for a doctor visit and a $5 fee for being booked, notes ABC News.
People who are in jail for less than 24 hours and those who work jobs in the jail will not be charged. Inmates, who are found innocent, will not be charged either.
â€śWeâ€™re not the Hilton,â€ť Elko County Sheriff Jim Pitts told the Elko Daily Free Press. â€śThese guys shouldnâ€™t have a free ride.â€ť
However, if those "guys" have paid their local taxes, they are actually paying twice to be in jail. Also, the Hilton is where people choose to stay, jail is not.
The jail's fees will be deducted from prisonersâ€™ accounts, which are normally funded by family and friends, not the inmates themselves.
The prisonersâ€™ accounts are used to by items such as shampoo, deodorant, envelopes and candy.
â€śAll Iâ€™m doing is taking my cut first, before they buy their candies,â€ť added Sheriff Pitts. â€śThey need to pay for their food first before they get their dessert.â€ť
However, Elko County may have to spend money in a legal fight to charge prisoners.
â€śI was aghast that anyone was even thinking of doing this,â€ť Tod Story, executive director of the ACLU Nevada, told the Associated Press. â€śIt is unconstitutional, cruel and unusual punishment.â€ť
â€śThere is no value in trying to punish them further than the sentence that they are already serving,â€ť added Story.
Sources: Associated Press, ABC News, Elko Daily Free Press