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.
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.