Bill Clarifies Rules On Jail Time Credit

People sent to jail for non-payment of fines receive credit at the rate of $35 per day for each day served.

But court officials say some inmates are trying to claim credit at $35 per day when they are both fined and sent to jail.

The House Judiciary, Rules and Administration Committee on Tuesday approved introduction of a bill to clarify when an inmate can receive credit.

Court spokesman Thomas Frost said the measure stresses that only when someone goes to jail for failure to pay a fine will the $35 per day credit apply.

The measure will return to the committee for action later.

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