United States Bureau: Prisons (BOP) allows inmates to keep large sums of money, in some cases up to $ 200,000, in government-run accounts that are overlooked and protected from most court decisions, according to a Washington Post report released Wednesday.
“There are more than 20 prisoner accounts, each with more than $ 100,000, for a total of more than $ 3 million,” a source who spoke on condition of anonymity told the Post.
These accounts effectively allow inmates to save on child support, alimony, and other debts to which they are incurred.
“Convicts are using this banking system to protect this money,” said recent retiree Jason Voydilo US Marshall Service, told the Post.
He said the funds were not under the control of the US Treasury, and the BOP rarely enforces a law passed by Congress that requires criminals to pay their debts.
Voydilo said he spent years trying unsuccessfully to persuade BOP change his position before he retired.
Many prisoners of poor origin և Most prisoners earn less money from prisons. Work programs inside prisons to pay prisoners $ 0.20 per workforce և top up about $ 5.
Convicts may use the funds to purchase goods or make phone calls from the prison commissioner, which cost: covered Send emails for $ 0.21 per minute, even though the prison system has been criticized for the cost of communication services.
So most accounts have little money.
Convicts can still be charged with making compensation payments. They can range from a few thousand to hundreds of thousands, even millions of dollars.
Give that fact, prisoners are required to pay the minimum amount of compensation. The minimum is about $ 25 a month, says Vojilo.
“Those who” have thousands, sometimes tens of thousands of dollars in deposits in their trust, but they only pay the minimum amount of compensation and fines required, “he continued.
According to documents cited by the Post, BOP officials often avoid encouraging inmates to use their bills to pay the ransom in full.
Banker Anthony Bowman, a Tennessee man convicted of bank robbery, says a BOP employee encouraged him to pay just $ 100 a month while he was behind bars, the Post reported. When he left, he would pay only half of the debt.
Bowman tried to pay the $ 16,000 he owed through his BOP account, but had to ask a judge to order the money from his account.
The request was satisfied. However, there is no need to ask for a judge’s order to transfer money from a prisoner’s account.
Federal Court of Appeal 2008 The ruling states that the BOP “does not need a judge’s permission to transfer money from a prisoner’s account with or without the detainee’s consent.”
Problems related to corruption
Federal prosecutors are concerned that the money in these accounts could encourage illegal activities both inside and outside prisons.
In: coronavirus epidemic Prisoners’ personal visits to the outside world were virtually stopped, which some believed would restrict the flow of drugs inside correctional facilities at the state level.
According to many reports, the drugs were left behind, in part, by corrupt prison guards who smuggled drugs and other illicit drugs.
They are also concerned about the incentive inspections provided to prisoners, both BOP prisons and inmates. at state and local levels,
The Post reports that more than $ 38,852 worth of checks were handed out to federal detainees, although it remains unclear how many were delivered to detainees in the UN Security Council, which has about 129,000 detainees.
A BOP spokesman told the Post that “it recognizes the need for victim compensation and encourages all prisoners to meet their financial obligations by participating in the Convicts’ Financial Accountability Program.”
However, this cannot force inmates to pay alimony or child support as ordered by state courts.
Voydilo told the Post that the BOP’s stance on convicts’ accounts was “incredibly disappointing.”