New Hampshire to end ‘pay to stay’ for inmates
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New Hampshire is ending its practice of billing inmates and former inmates for the cost of their incarceration.
Republican Gov. Chris Sununu signed a measure last week repealing a 1996 law that allowed the state to seek such payments, which have amounted to an average of $102,000 per year in recent years.
The change, which takes effect in September, is not retroactive and won’t apply to the two inmates currently being billed. But the state recently ended its efforts to collect about $120,000 from a former inmate who had challenged the law in court.