New Hampshire Repeals 'Pay to Stay' Law That Charges People for Jail Time

July 17, 2019 AT 8:17 AM

The man who challenged the “pay to stay” law covering adult prisoners is no longer facing a bill for the four years he spent in prison on a negligent homicide conviction, his lawyers said.

The state Department of Corrections has dropped its action to collect about $120,000 in payments from Eric Cable, according to the American Civil Liberties Union-New Hampshire.

Likewise, Cable has dropped a medical malpractice lawsuit against the Department of Corrections that alleged faulty medical care resulted in a loss of his peripheral vision.

“Both sides agreed to drop their lawsuits. Eric Cable is no longer being sued for the cost of his incarceration,” said Ariana Schechter, a spokeswoman for the ACLU.

Gov. Chris Sununu last week signed House Bill 518, which repealed the law that allowed the state to sue people for the cost of their incarceration.