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County must repay inmates

April 18, 2006

Homerville - A South Georgia county that charged jail inmates fees will have to pay them back.

Between 2000 and 2004, inmates in the Clinch County Jail had to pay a daily fee of $18.00. County officials said the fine was their way of punishing criminals for their crimes instead of the taxpayers.

But a judge ruled that the county had no legal power to charge inmates who hadn't been convicted of a crime, and ordered them to repay the inmates a total of about $27,000.



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