The Missouri House voted to prevent judges from further incarcerating someone for failing to pay for their jail time, which is officially known as a “board bill.”

Instead, a local sheriff could collect those costs through civil proceedings. The judge could also waive those costs.

The bill received support​​ from both sides of the aisle. Representatives including the bill’s sponsor, Bruce DeGroot, said forcing someone to pay their “board bills” added to a cycle of debt.

“I use the example of the lady in a rural district who stole an $8 tube of mascara, put in jail, and ultimately she wound up owing $10,000 and she’ll never get out of the system because of it,” DeGroot said.

The bill passed the House with a vote of 156 to 11.

By Shoshana Dubnow | KBIA Radio