Louisiana House votes: No accrual of child support for inmates

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Inmates would no longer see their child support obligations accrue while they are behind bars, under a proposal that passed the Louisiana House after two heated debates.

The House voted 68-30 Thursday for Rep. Joe Marino's bill, which is part of the governor's criminal justice overhaul.

The measure, which heads for Senate consideration, had been met with opposition earlier in the week. Marino supported changes to win support, but still faced objections from the chairman of the House criminal justice committee, Rep. Sherman Mack.

Mack and other bill critics said the bill ignores children's needs.

Marino says offenders who face large financial burdens are more likely to re-offend and return to prison, which would further hurt families. He says family advocacy groups support the measure.

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House Bill 680: www.legis.la.gov