December 29, 2006
Jefferson City, Mo. — Attorney General Jay Nixon recovered $757,862 from Missouri inmates in 2006 to reimburse the state for the cost of their care. Nixon utilized the 1988 Missouri Incarceration Reimbursement Act, which entitles the state to recover up to 90 percent of an inmate's assets after any obligations to spouse or children are met.
The amount recovered in 2006 added to the state's total intake since Nixon took office in January 1993. Since that time, Nixon has collected more than $4 million from inmates to reimburse the state for the cost of their care. The average cost of incarceration in the Missouri Department of Corrections is approximately $14,000 per inmate per year.
"Offenders are sent to prison to be held accountable for their criminal behavior, which includes paying for the costs associated with their incarceration if they have the assets to do so," Nixon said. "Thanks to the investigative legwork done by my staff, we have once again identified those inmates with the means to pay during 2006 and recovered assets due to the state."
Some of the more notable recoveries from Missouri inmates in 2006 included: