Today's Edition Local News Missouri News National News World Opinion Obits Sports GoMidMo Events Classifieds Jobs Newsletters Contests Search
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
story.lead_photo.caption The Missouri Supreme Court at 207 W. High St. in Jefferson City.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Missouri Supreme Court is considering the legality of former inmates facing more jail time when they can't pay back the cost of their room and board while behind bars.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the court considered the cases of former St. Clair and Lafayette county inmates Wednesday, but didn't rule on either of them.

In the St. Clair County case, George Richey was arrested after failing to pay $3,150 for his 90-day jail stay, stemming from a misdemeanor conviction for violating a protective order. He then received an additional $2,275 bill after serving more time in jail.

Public defender Matthew Mueller argued that "board bills" shouldn't be assessed as court costs, which carry the threat of more jail time. Attorneys for both counties defended the practice.

COMMENTS - It looks like you're using Internet Explorer, which isn't compatible with our commenting system. You can join the discussion by using another browser, like Firefox or Google Chrome.
It looks like you're using Microsoft Edge. Our commenting system is more compatible with Firefox and Google Chrome.
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT