Arizona

Jul 30, 2012 11:59 AM

Law puts Ariz. parolees on hook for drug test fees

PHOENIX (AP) - A new law that requires some parolees to pay a portion of their drug testing fees each month goes into effect this week.

But the state hasn't yet determined how much the parolees will pay or when the payments will start.

The Arizona Republic (http://bit.ly/Ox8YgJ ) reports that the state expects to save $500,000 a year under the law. That's the amount Arizona paid for nearly 230,000 tests in 2011.

Prisoner advocates fear the law will stretch parolees even thinner financially.

Parolees charged with a drug-related offense or have a history of drug use must undergo random drug testing as part of their parole.

A parolee's ability to pay will be determined on a case-by-case basis. The state Department of Corrections says fees could be waived for those who cannot afford them.

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