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Inmate Pensions
(2007-06-18)
(wgvu) - WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court today refused to review a
case that undercuts Michigan's use of inmates' pensions to pay the
costs of imprisonment.
A federal appeals court ruled that pension managers can
disregard orders from Michigan wardens to deposit inmates' pension
money in their prison accounts.
The DaimlerChrysler-U-A-W pension plan argued successfully that
the state ran afoul of federal pension law, which bars transfers of
benefits without the permission of the pensioner. Three inmates
under the plan refused orders to send an address change to their
pension plans.
State law requires prisoners to reimburse the state for their
confinement costs from their own assets, including pensions.
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