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Former inmates in Missouri could soon have their revenues taken away to pay for jail time.  The bill has passed the House and Senate and now need only the governor's signature.

"Is only fair that they pay it, because if not it comes back to the tax payers," says Captain Derek Walrod of the Jasper County Sheriff's Office.

It costs $34 a day to house a prisoner in Jasper County's jail.  That bill includes food, possible medication, and utility service.

"They don't pay the sheriff's office directly, it goes through the courts," says Walrod.

There's between 185 to 210 prisoners in Jasper County's jail each day.  Prisoners sometimes spend up to a year in the jail.

The proposed new state law would divert a former prisoner's income tax refunds and possible lottery winnings to pay jail debts.

Workers with the Jasper County Sheriff's Office haven't heard of specific problems with former inmates not paying their bills, but money is still being lost.

"It's money being spent so it only makes sense that if money is not being paid back, it's going to hurt each county, not just our county, any county that's housing prisoners," says Walrod.

Sheriff's office workers say if prisoners have been lucky enough to get money now, they should be accountable enough to take care of the past.

Governor Jay Nixon has until July 14th to take action on this bill.

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