State recouping prison cost not ‘retaliatory,’ judge says
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The state can pursue trying to recoup the cost of housing a former prison inmate who is suing the state prison, a judge ruled.
“The court is not persuaded the counterclaim is retaliatory,” Judge Richard McNamara wrote in his seven-page decision in Merrimack County Superior Court.
The American Civil Liberties Union, on behalf of former inmate Eric Cable, is challenging the pay-to-stay rule, which sees to incarcerated people paying back the state for the cost of their care.