Is it legal for a work release center to hold a percent of an inmate’s earned money when they are released?

Asked on November 6, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Georgia

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MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

The entire amount of monies earned by an inmate is split into different accounts or towards different monies owed. Percentages are split so that the majority goes to the inmate for subsistence but the rest is used to pay restitution, child support, other support and some go into a savings account for the inmate.  No monies should be kept by the facility.  If ths is occurring, contact the executive office of the specific department of corrections handling this particular employer.


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