The innocent American served a year and now owes the prison 4 thousand dollars "for living»
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An investigative error is always unpleasant both for an unreasonably suspected person and for law enforcement officers who waste precious time and resources. Although a person accused of a crime for nothing, it is still more offensive, especially if he was in prison. David Jones from Kentucky, USA, spent a year of his life behind bars until it turned out that he was framed. Do you think the authorities will now pay him a substantial compensation? You did not guess – they want to calculate a round sum from poor Jones for living in a prison cell!
One day, the police broke into the house of a simple working-class guy David Jones, handcuffed him and took him to the police station. It turned out that he was suspected of a serious crime – searching and downloading pornographic content on the Internet with the participation of children. The crime was confirmed by an IP address, exactly the same as Jones ' laptop.
The court, choosing a measure of restraint for a suspect in pedophilia, decided to keep him in prison during the investigation, but with the right to leave on bail of 15 thousand dollars (1.1 million rubles). David didn't have that much money, so he had to enjoy the delights of the county jail's detention center.
Meanwhile, the investigation did not stop for a minute. It took only a year for the detectives to establish the triumph of justice. After turning over the entire Jones house, as well as its surroundings, investigators found nothing that would indicate an unhealthy interest in the man's children. There were no incriminating files on the computer's hard drive, flash drives, or other storage devices found in the house.
I had to admit that someone connected to the suspect's Wi-Fi without permission and for some time satisfied his vicious passion using his IP address. As a result, David Johnson was released after 14 months on a small cash bail, and after another two months, the charges against him were completely dropped.
As a result, Jones ' life was ruined. The man had to leave his hometown, where he began to be called a pedophile, and also sell the car and most of the things, because of the difficult financial situation. He lost his old job, and the new employee with a "tarnished" reputation was not taken.
But that's not all. The "cherry on the cake" of his misadventures was a bill for $ 4008 (300 thousand rubles), issued by the Clark County Prison Center. The penitentiary institution justified the existence of this debt by the fact that the inmates must, according to state laws, help their prison financially.
When Johnson saw the bill, he could not believe his eyes – it was detailed with the services of the prison, as in the bills of the best American hotels. In particular, there was a column "for check-in" - 35 dollars (2,6 thousand rubles), the nights spent in the cell were calculated for 10 dollars (750 rubles), and the item with the cost of a hygiene kit for "check – in" - 5 dollars (375 rubles) was not even forgotten.
The compilers of the bill were undoubtedly decent people. They took into account the 256 dollars seized by the police from Johnson during the arrest, that is, they took them away from the total amount. David was shocked that, having served without guilt, he still owed money. The man sued the authorities, demanding to restore justice. The plaintiff's lawyer described the essence of the case to journalists as follows:
The state authorities were surprised by the lawsuit, as they consider it quite normal that prisoners should reimburse prisons for their maintenance costs, regardless of whether they are guilty or not.
A prison is always a prison, even if it is the most comfortable place of detention in the world, such as the Norwegian correctional institution on the island of Bastoy.