Nickel and Dimed Behind Bars

December 6, 2022

Alexandria Gazette Packet

By Michael Pope

Lawmakers take a look at fines and fees charged to inmates at jails across Virginia.

“It’s frustrating that we didn’t get all the data we needed and more importantly members of the work group didn’t have access to that data,” said Del. Amanda Batten (R-96), a member of the work group and chairwoman of the relevant subcommittee in the House of Delegates. “The state has a responsibility to people who are in the care of the state to make sure that they are not overpaying for services and goods that are essential to their wellbeing.”

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