Inmate Fees as a Source of Revenue

The Special Commission to Study the Feasibility of Establishing Inmate Fees, formed as directed by Massachusetts statute, was tasked with studying the feasibility of establishing inmate fees within Massachusetts’ correctional system. After examining the types and amount of fees to be charged, revenue that the fees could generate, cost of administering the fees, potential impact on the affected population, including ramifications for individuals’ successful reentry, and other factors, the commission concluded that establishing additional fees would produce negative and unintended consequences. This report describes the commission’s process of making this determination.

Inmate Fees as a Source of Revenue: Review of Challenges