firecat: gorilla with arms folded looking stern (unamused)
This is not OK.

http://thesocietypages.org/socimages/2013/04/19/aclu-discovers-illegal-debtors-prisons-in-ohio/

Excerpts:
A new report by the ACLU reveals that “debtors’ prisons” in Ohio. The phrase refers to the practice of imprisoning someone for the failure to pay fines. This practice is in violation of the U.S. Constitution. Still, people who can’t afford to pay fines issued in response to traffic violations or misdemeanors are being routinely imprisoned in at least 7 out of 11 counties studied.
...
An investigation found that as many as 22% of the bookings in Huron were for failure to pay a fine, usually coded as “contempt.” Typically this resulted in a 10 day incarceration. The state would then charge them fees related to being jailed, making it even more unlikely that a person would be able to pay.
The ACLU report referred to:
http://www.acluohio.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/TheOutskirtsOfHope2013_04.pdf
More reports and quotes )

Profile

firecat: red panda looking happy (Default)
firecat (attention machine in need of calibration)

May 2017

S M T W T F S
 123456
7 8910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
28293031   

Tags

Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags
Page generated 24 May 2017 11:39 am

Syndicate

RSS Atom
Powered by Dreamwidth Studios