County jail inmates who have not paid a fine or court costs will have their commissary money garnished to pay those costs, under legislation being sponsored by Senator Tim Bivins.

Senate Bill 2095 allows a sheriff to deduct from a county jail prisoner’s commissary fund an amount up to the prisoner’s outstanding balance on a fine, restitution or court costs.

“This legislation gives the sheriffs in the State of Illinois the ability to garnish commissary money from inmates incarcerated in their jails to pay fines that they owe those counties,” Senator Bivins said. “The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association did a survey and so far has 17 responses. Of those 17 counties, on an average, they are owed $5.4 million each in unpaid fines.”

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