Prisoners earn between 21 cents and $1.23 an hour.
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Dunson and his legal team want the Ohio Supreme Court to uphold a 2nd District Court of Appeal ruling that trial courts must evaluate a defendant’s ability to pay before assessing court costs. Mongtomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck appealed that decision to the supreme court, arguing that there is no law requiring a trial court to consider an inmate’s ability to pay court costs. Heck also argues that inmates can apply for waivers from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction to exempt them from garnishment.
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Dunson, now 27, has been serving a 18-years to life sentence since his 2013 conviction in Montgomery County in June 2012 murder of Geoffrey Andrews in Riverside. Dunson and another man waited in a getaway car. Dunson is being held at Warren Correctional Institution.