Inmates may have to ‘pay to stay’

Kyla Herrmannsen

Earlier this year, it was announced that if a certain bill was passed in parliament in the Netherlands, prisoners would have to start paying for their jail cells. If passed, inmates will be required to pay a flat rate of 16 Euros a day for a period of two years. If approved, the bill will become law on 1 January 2015.

Head of the Offenders’ Association, Pieter Vleeming, condemned the proposed bill, saying that it was in contravention with European human rights legislation which says that states must financially cover the cost of incarcerating prisoners.

But, the Netherlands is not the only country currently pushing for prisoners to pay for certain amenities. Just recently, it was announced that a Nevada jail is pushing on with its bid to charge inmates for food and medical care. This despite criticism from the American Civil Liberties Union which has discounted the proposition, saying it amounts to being “unconstitutional — cruel and unusual punishment.”

Read more about prisoners who ‘pay to stay’:

Sheriff Joe Arpaio wants inmates to pay for their food

Prisoners Pay to Stay

City may require inmates to pay for food, lodging

Lithuanian prisoners to pay for energy consumption


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