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In Tennessee Jail, It May Soon Be Pay To Stay

NPR | Aug. 25, 2013 8:17 a.m.

If you do the crime, you do the time. But if you’re doing time at Anderson County Jail in Clinton, Tenn., it may get more expensive. The county mayor is deciding whether to approve a policy for the jail, just north of Knoxville, that would charge inmates for basic necessities: $9 for pants, $6.26 for a blanket, 29 cents for a roll of toilet paper. UCLA law professor Sharon Dolovich discusses pay-for-stay policies, which are common in jails across the country.

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