County jail inmates who have not paid a fine or court costs will have their commissary money garnished to pay those costs, under a new law sponsored by Senator Tim Bivins.

Senate Bill 2095 allows a sheriff to deduct from a county jail prisoner’s commissary fund an amount up to the prisoner’s outstanding balance on a fine, restitution or court costs.

“Sheriffs in Illinois will now have the ability to help counties collect some of the millions in fines they are owed by inmates incarcerated in their jails,” Senator Bivins said. “An Illinois Sheriffs’ Association survey showed that the responding counties are owed, on average, $5.4 million each in unpaid fines."

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