State Examiners Report Millions Collected By DOC

State examiners report the Alabama Department of Corrections has been illegally collecting millions of dollars from prisoners in fees for medical visits and rides to their work release programs.

The Alabama Department of Corrections spokesman Brian Corbett says the agency has no plans to stop collecting the fees from its prisoners, because the alternative is placing the burden on taxpayers.

The examiners say the state should not charge inmates $5 dollars for rides to and from work release jobs and $3 dollar medical co-pays.

Corbett says the co-pay for medical care is meant to discourage inmates from seeking unneeded care just to get out of their cells, and is waived if the doctor determines the prisoner is really ill.