The British government is going to court to fight for the right to bill innocent people who spent time in jail, for the expense of keeping them.

Paddy Hill was one of the Birmingham Six, and spent 16 years in jail for an IRA bombing before being found innocent and released. He has been charged 50,000 pounds for his living expenses while in jail.

Mike O’Brien spent 10 years in jail wrongly convicted murder. His baby daughter died while he was in prison and he was charged 37,500 pounds by the British government.

The government calls the charge ‘Saved Living Expenses’, and argues that the innocent prisoners would have spent money on food and lodgings anyway if they weren’t in jail.

(Source: Sunday Herald [UK])

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