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Appeals Court: Inmate should get day in court

Appeals Court: Inmate should get day in court

May 30th, 2012 in News

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.