Ma. Jail Inmates Challenge “Pay To Stay” Fee

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Sheriff Thomas Hodgson in Dartmoth, Ma., took away inmates' weights and pull-up bars and rolled television sets out of sight. He banned smoking - and imposed a daily $5 room-and-board fee for the 1,000-some prisoners. The Christian Science Monitor says the sheriff equates himself to being "the tough-love parent." But Bristol County House of Correction inmates have filed a class-action suit claiming that the "cost of care" charges are unconstitutional. The case could affect how other sheriffs across the state set fees in county jails - from haircut costs to medical co-pays. "Pay . . .

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