It’s on to the House with a measure that would stop the state from trying to recoup housing costs from prison inmates.
Senate Bill 2465 passed the Senate Tuesday 32-19. Chief sponsor Democratic state Sen. Daniel Biss said working to recoup the money costs taxpayers not only by using resources in the courts, but also by limiting individuals’ opportunities outside of prison, which in turn could lead them to reoffend and end up back behind bars.
However, Republican state Sen. Chapin Rose said the state should be able to go after white-collar criminals who may have large bank accounts.
Biss responded that there are already financial penalties associated with violating laws. The measure has been referred to the House Rules Committee.