New Hampshire bill would repeal law charging inmates

January 27, 2019 GMT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A new bill aims to get rid of a rarely used law that allows New Hampshire to recoup the cost of an inmate’s care.

The Concord Monitor reports Republican state Rep. David Welch and Democratic Rep. Sandra Keans are sponsoring the bill over concerns that the law unfairly burdens individuals re-entering society. Current state law says a prisoner can spend years locked up and then face a bill up to six years after their release.

A Hooksett man recently sued the state for medical malpractice and is in court protesting a $119,000 bill he then received for the cost of his care.

The Department of Corrections would eventually lose about $81,000 annually if the law is repealed. Two out of roughly 2,500 inmates in the state pay for their care.