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One Tennessee county ponders charging inmates for personal items

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ANDERSON COUNTY, TN (News Sentinel) -

Anderson County jail inmates would be charged for their prison clothing, their toothpaste, even their razor blades and toilet paper in one of several resolutions prepared for Anderson County Commission's consideration this month.

Anderson County Law Director Jay Yeager said he drafted the resolutions, which he said are backed by state law.

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.

Prisoners would also pay for taking "GED or other scholastic testing for which the administering agency charges a fee for each test administered," one resolution states.

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