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Hard Time Hotel: Riverside Inmates Could Be Made To Reimburse County $142 a Day for Stay in Jail

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Inmates in Riverside County will soon find themselves having to pony up cash for their "stay" in jail. Today the Board of Supervisors "tentatively approved an ordinance to require inmates in county detention facilities to reimburse the county for the cost of their incarceration," reports CBS2.

The ordinance is called RECORCE, which stands for "Require Every Convict Occupant Reimburse County Expenses," and it was brought to the Board by Supervisor Jeff Stone for the first time in June.

Stone has previously explained his thoughts on the issue, according to the Press-Enterprise:

“I believe we have a responsibility and duty to reimburse the county for incarceration, legal costs and fees whenever and wherever possible. [...] I think we’re blazing a new trail here. [...] In these very challenging economic times, I believe this can be a source of revenue …I believe this can return 3 to 5 million (dollars) a year during these very challenging economic times.”
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It costs an average $142 per day for an inmate's stay in a Riverside County jail. Convicts who spend a day or more in such a facility would have to be put through an assessment to determine if they are able to pay back the County. However, if an inmate is unable to pay, there would not be a "debtor's prison" where they'd be sent. Additionally, paying back the county for inmate housing at the jail is the last item on a long list of obligations inmates who have financial means face when their stay is up.

The ordinance must go through a final hearing next week before it is formally adopted.

Let's not forget, Riverside County is also where the police raided the local "Occupy" camp and made 11 arrests, and they have created laws against lights that block others from seeing the night sky and sex offenders putting up Halloween decorations.