There was this case here in CT just heard before the Supreme Court. Some female inmates wrote a book and the government was trying to prevent them from collecting for it, insisting that any profits should go to paying for their incarceration. The Court decided that they should have to pay $500 each, but could keep the rest. I think each woman got like $500 with one woman winning a $25,000 award for her work. It seems the court felt that it was best to support rehabilitation, in this case through writing. Assuming most or many inmates will return to society, I generally agree with this. My question is, how much money should you be able to earn in prison and, if any, what part of that ought you have to pay for the cost of incarceration? I think I understand now why prison wages are so low, the state is paying for your room and board!