People v. HawkinsAnnotate this Case
The Illinois Department of Corrections sought to recover the costs of defendant’s incarceration under 730 ILCS 5/1. The circuit court entered judgment in favor of the Department for $455,203.14, but precluded the Department from satisfying any of the judgment out of money defendant had earned while working for prison industry. Those wages had already been applied to offset the cost of incarceration. The appellate court affirmed the judgment, but it reversed with respect to prison earnings. The Illinois Supreme Court reversed in part, holding that once an inmate's wages have been properly subjected to the offset provision of section 3–12–5 of the Code, the remaining wages are not subject to collection.