10-12-2005, 10:19 PM
FYI - County courts are now filing orders w/ TDCJ Inmate Trustfund and having deductions taken from inmates' accounts for: any fines assessed after conviction, court costs and court appointed attorney fees. The process?? The inmate's account is averaged for the previous six months and 20% of that amount is deducted from their account. Ten percent of each and every deposit made into their account thereafter is deducted from the account until PAID IN FULL!!!! I emailed the Houston ACLU concerning this matter but did not receive a reply. None of the larger counties(Harris,Jefferson,Tarrant,etc.) have picked up on this process as of yet but many, many smaller counties have. This is NOT something that Inmate Trustfund has any control over and does not believe is right. A court order has to be followed. Paying fines and court costs is one thing but paying for a court appointed attorney is another.:angry: If these inmates had money for an attorney they certainly would not have accepted the "services" of a court appointed attorney. Isn't it a constitutional right to "representation"? Calling Inmate Trustfund is NOT the answer - they are just following court orders and they are NOT allowed to give you information about an inmates' account. If your loved one has had money deducted from his/her account, they are the only ones who can get information from Inmate Trustfund. They can send a letter to the trustfund to get information about the deductions.