Prison transportation vehicles are a common feature in the United States, and they’re usually not cheap.
Inmates often need to pay for the car, which often comes with its own fuel, and sometimes the driver’s own equipment.
But the cost can be significant.
We spoke to an inmate at an Indiana prison who paid $6,500 for a vehicle with four doors and a bed that could carry two inmates.
His name has been changed to protect the inmate’s identity.
In the video above, you can see the inmate put the vehicle into operation and drive it around his cell block.
The interior is covered in black cloth and is decorated with a pink carpet.
When you first open the doors, you’re immediately greeted by a yellow “No Trespassing” sign, and you’re given an instruction sheet that explains how to use the vehicle.
In another video, an inmate who had been held for six months had to wait for a car to pick him up.
He explained that he needed to get out of his cell and walk through a metal detector.
After a few minutes, the car arrived at the yard and he was able to get on it and take off, but it was a long trip.
“It’s just not worth it,” he said.
The cost of the CTV is usually the same as the transport costs that other inmates pay for their own vehicles, and it’s also not covered by insurance.
To find out how much the inmate can afford, we reached out to the U.S. Department of Transportation, which offers an inmate transportation voucher for up to $4,000 per inmate.
The Department of Justice doesn’t offer an inmate voucher for transport vehicles.
When we spoke with the Department of Corrections, it said the Department doesn’t have an inmate CTV voucher.
We asked the Department to confirm that, but we got no response.
While it’s possible to find out what the cost of a CTV at a prison is by looking up the inmate information on the U, we’ve yet to see a good estimate.
A CTV costs about $1,500 to $3,500, depending on the size of the vehicle, according to the Department.
For more information on how to get an inmate to your door, check out our guide to getting a driver’s license.
If you have questions about how to pay an inmate’s transportation costs, we encourage you to talk to an attorney.
We’re here to help.
Contact: Sarah Lehnart, Legal Advocacy Director, The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan (517) 724-2212, [email protected]