Anderson County Considers Charging Inmates for Personal Items

Anderson County Law Director Jay Yeager wants to start charging jail inmates for their prison clothing, toothpastes, razor blades and toilet paper, Knoxnews reports. The proposal was one of several prepared for Anderson County Commission’s consideration this month. Other proposals include charging inmates a co-pay for medical and dental care and assessing fees for jailers to escort prisoners to hospitals to visit ailing family members or to funeral homes when there is a death in an inmate’s immediate family. Yeager said the resolutions are among several he’s in the process of preparing that would “put some of the (financial) burden on the inmate instead of the taxpayer.”