Inmate Says He May Have To Sell Leg To Pay Bill
FITCHBURG, Wis. (AP) _ A jail inmate says he may have to sell part of his wooden leg to pay a state bill for costs associated with a clemency hearing.
The inmate at the Oregon Correctional Center, Fred Nevels, said he received a bill for $94.44 July 1 from the state Department of Health and Social Services for costs associated with his Feb. 20 clemency hearing in Waupun.
Nevels said he will not have enough money to meet the deadline for payment in 30 days. He said his artificial leg is his only collateral.
The bill includes $56.66 for 5 1/2 hours of an officer’s escort time, $17.86 for fringe benefits, $14.20 for mileage to Waupun using a state car and a $5.72 meal.
Ron Kalmus, an assistant superintendent at the jail, said inmates are charged for clemency hearing costs because they are held at the request of the inmate and are not a mandatory part of an individual’s appeal process.
Steve Kronzer, a state Division of Corrections administrator, said, however, that he was unsure there was a state policy covering hearing transportation costs. He said some costs associated with funeral attendance or hospital visits involving an inmate’s relative are charged to the individual.
Kronzer said Nevels could file a complaint about the bill through the center’s Inmate Complaint System.