Legislator Proposes Jail Fees for Those Convicted of Felonies, Some Misdemeanors

DECEMBER 6, 2006 - Posted at 7:52 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - An Arkansas state lawmaker wants crime to pay just a little bit more into state coffers.

A bill filed by Rep. Bill Sample, (R-Hot Springs), would charge anyone convicted of a felony and some misdemeanor crimes a $20 booking and administration fee. Sample says the money raised by the fee would help counties pay for jail expenses. Across the state, county jails are squeezed by a lack of space in state penitentiaries.

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