Whistleblower: Jail is sued over debit card fees

  • Article by: Alejandra Matos , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 2, 2013 - 7:23 PM

Ramsey County uses the cards to return money to inmates upon release, but the attached fees have caused a backlash.

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minn12Nov. 2, 13 6:51 PM

What a bogus lawsuit. Minnesota law requires the $25 booking fee. He was told what the fees are and how they work. All he had to do was withdraw his money upon release, and he pays no fees at all except the ATM fee, which is normal. Must be a slow 'Whistleblower' news day to waste ink and bandwidth on this.

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Geezer1976Nov. 2, 13 7:01 PM

I have no doubt that many posters will say they are criminals - they have it coming. Why is it that our system enjoys kicking people when they are already down? I hope this achieves class action and the class wins.

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DufferHNov. 2, 13 7:01 PM

Who "blew the whistle" in this story? It is a straight news story based on a lawsuit that was filed. If legitimate "Whistle Blower" stories can't be found, the label should be dropped. I've mentioned this before and the moderators have always killed the post, so I suppose that will happen with this one, too.

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gking2mnNov. 2, 13 7:39 PM

Listen get your own debit card and leave cash in the pocket option to $10.00 so you are not charged as a vagraint then you have no problem, can't touch your money. easy fix

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lelly4Nov. 2, 13 7:44 PM

Come on, folks.....this is just not right (and before one of you Tea Party types assumes I am a convict looking to get back at the law, I have a good job, make plenty of money and pay plenty of taxes). This is just another example of municipal and State authorities selling government responsibilities to the highest commercial bidder which then takes advantage of those with the least resources or ability to resist. The ambivalence of law enforcement to basic human dignity and justice is disgusting (and hold on right wingers, I'm a former prosecuter and know a bit about the subject.)

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bebebigaloNov. 2, 13 7:46 PM

Any fee for booking should be un-constituiontal as it discriminates against the poor, most of which are minorities. I am not a liberal just a common-sense minded individual that would also file a lawsuit over the matter.

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goserNov. 2, 13 8:11 PM

MN law does NOT require the $25 fee. MN Statute from 2013 passed listed below: 641.12 COLLECTION OF FEES AND BOARD BILLS allows counties to impose it and it MUST be reimbursed to the person "If the person is not charged, is acquitted, or if the charges are dismissed, the sheriff shall return the fee to the person at the last known address listed in the booking records."

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Geezer1976Nov. 2, 13 8:52 PM

lelly4 and bebebigalo - excellent posts. Thank you for the comments.

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orpheus90Nov. 2, 13 9:56 PM

lelly4 writes: This is just another example of municipal and State authorities selling government responsibilities to the highest commercial bidder which then takes advantage of those with the least resources or ability to resist ... Sounds about right. This is an instance in which profiteering is coupled with shameless cynicism and makes the county look like a pariah. The question is: Who reviewed it and allowed it to become practice in the first place?

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joeljyNov. 2, 1310:00 PM

Ramsey County is about the worst when it comes to kicking the down and out. They also pay their County Commissioner and employees way more than Hennepin does. Now that would be a story too!

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