New Jersey inmates are one step closer to having to pay for jail stay

The Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee approved a bill Thursday night, that would call for the state to run a financial check on inmates. Once the governor signs the bill, it will be made into a law.

The pay-to-stay legislation would affect about 1 percent of the states 27,000 inmates. If they could afford it, the state would make inmates pay $28,000 a year to stay in jail. This would only affect prisoners who have assets above the poverty line.

The funds that are collected would be filtered back into the prison system to help refinance rehabilitation programs. Once the governor signs the bill, it will be made into a law.

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