1998 Regular Session
By: Senator(s) Carter
Senate Bill 2145
AN ACT TO PROVIDE THAT ANY PRISONER WHO IS FINANCIALLY ABLE MUST REIMBURSE THE COUNTY FOR THE COST OF INCARCERATING THE PRISONER; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. (1) The county may seek reimbursement for any expenses incurred by the county in relation to the charge or charges for which a person was sentenced to a county jail as follows:
(a) From each person who is or was a prisoner, the per diem expenses associated with housing, feeding and providing medical care for that prisoner or for the entire period of time the person was confined in the county jail, including any period of pretrial detention.
(b) Any other expenses incurred by the county in order to collect payments under this act.
(2) Before seeking any reimbursement under this act, the county shall develop a form to be used for determining the financial status of prisoners. The form shall provide for obtaining the age and marital status of a prisoner, number and ages of children of a prisoner, number and ages of other dependents, type and value of real estate, type and value of personal property, cash and bank accounts, type and value of investments, pensions and annuities, and any other personalty of significant cash value. The county shall use the form when investigating the financial status of prisoners.
(3) This section does not apply to state inmates housed in county jails.
SECTION 2. (1) A civil action brought under this act shall be instituted in the name of the county in which the jail is located and shall state the date and place of sentence, the length of time set forth in the sentence, the length of time actually served and the amount or amounts due to the county.
(2) Before entering any order on behalf of the county against the defendant, the court shall take into consideration any legal obligation of the defendant to support a spouse, minor children, or other dependents and any moral obligation to support dependents to whom the defendant is providing or has in fact provided support.
(3) The court may enter a money judgment against the defendant and may order that the defendant's property is liable for reimbursement for maintenance and support of the defendant as a prisoner and for other expenses reimbursable under this act.
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 1998.