Debtors' Prisons

ICYMI: Justice Dept. Aims to Shut Down Debtors' Prisons

From recently filed brief: “Incarcerating those who cannot afford to pay the bail amounts, without meaningful consideration of alternatives, infringes on equal protection and due process requirements.

Brown buildings reading "Bogalusa Police Department" and "Bogalusa City Jail" on green grass, blue sky in background

Louisiana Judge, Facing Federal Lawsuit, Temporarily Stops Jailing People for Minor Fines

The Southern Poverty Law Center alleges that Judge Robert Black is running a “modern-day debtors’ prison.”

New Ferguson Judge Throws Out Warrants Issued by ‘Constitutionally Deficient’ Court

Ahead of new legislation that will revamp municipal courts systems all over Missouri, Ferguson’s head judge withdraws arrest warrants for nearly 10,000 people.

Jailed, for Being Poor

Debtors’ prisons for misdemeanor crimes are flourishing in the U.S.