Wednesday, June 09, 2021

“Federal prisoners hold $100 million in government-run accounts, shielded from some criminal scrutiny and debt collection“

 That’s the title of this WaPo article. From the intro:

Federal prison inmates are keeping large sums of money — in some cases more than $100,000 each — in government-run deposit accounts effectively shielded from court orders for things like child support, alimony or other debts, and not subject to the same scrutiny as accounts owned by non-incarcerated citizens, according to court documents and interviews.
Within the Federal Bureau of Prisons system, which houses roughly 129,000 inmates in facilities throughout the United States, there are more than 20 inmate accounts holding more than $100,000 each for a total exceeding $3 million, a person familiar with the program told The Washington Post. In all, the combined value of such inmate accounts recently topped $100 million, this person said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss details of the program that have remained out of public view.
The program run by the Bureau of Prisons has long frustrated and angered law enforcement officials from other agencies, who say it poses significant risks for abuse, money laundering and corruption, yet the agency, already plagued with staffing and management problems, has for years resisted efforts to change it because its leaders maintain they are already diligent about making inmates pay what they owe.

What the article fails to mention is that many inmates have no choice but to use the prison bank account because the government has forced banks to close all private accounts. This is one of the many awful consequences of merely being charged with a crime. Even without a conviction, banks will refuse you as a customer if you’ve been convicted or after you’ve served your time. 


Anonymous said...

This is one hell of a spat on the 11th circuit, complete with discussion of tyrants and citation to Hitler.

A full 136 pages is dedicated to a food fight between Judges Luck and Marcus (with Carnes taking Luck's side) over an ugly modernist mansion that never was. In fact, if I remember the news, the mansion in question was sold a few months back.

Seriously, these guys were citing Hitler. #GodwinsLaw

Anonymous said...

At $100 M over 129,000 accounts, we are talking about an average of less than $800 per inmate. That hardly seems like a recipe for money laundering.

Anonymous said...

Luck is having fun:

"[Burns'] emphasis on fewer personal
possessions included two stories and a basement containing a five-car garage, wine storage area, and steam room. The first floor would have an open-air entry, guest rooms, dining room, kitchen, family room, powder rooms, and living room. The open-air entry would lead to the pool, spa, and cabana. The second floor would have
more guest rooms, an exercise room, and the master bedroom."

Anonymous said...

who doesn't love a good fight about mansions