Appeals Court: Inmate should get day in court

A state prison inmate should get his chance to fight a state effort to take some of his money, the state appeals court in Kansas City ruled Tuesday.

The nine-page decision, written by Judge Gary D. Witt, ordered Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem to set aside the previous default judgment and hold a hearing on the issues.

At issue is the 1988 “Missouri Incarceration Reimbursement Act,” or MIRA, which allows state government to seek reimbursement for some of the costs of incarceration from an inmate or former inmate.

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