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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

So! Why is this still happening?

Blogger Comments:  Folks, we should all pay our fines and court fees.  Lord knows we are paying for all the BS that sheriff Ana Franklin has laid on us.  Brethren and cisterns, real soon we gonna lay our burden down.  Halleluja!  But getting back to the point:  Along with civil forfeitures (deciding case now before the US Supreme Court), in which the legal bureaucracies feel free to punish, steal, confiscate the property of unconvicted individuals.  Or some guy living on the edge economically gets a ticket for out of date registration for example, or is arrested on a misdemeanor, can't afford to pay the fine just now, gets his license snatched, can't get to work (legally) or sits in jail awaiting trial because he can't make bond.  Where is the logic in this?  If you need money to pay your fine but you're jailed for not paying your fine and you can't work to make money to pay your fine because you're in jail.....if that isn't an example of Catch 22,  I don't know what is.  The usual case is a person who lives in the community, has a job, maybe a family.  Let him/her out until trial.  They ain't going nowhere.   Common sense.  Oh, maybe that's why we don't do it.  Because it makes sense. And about those over-crowded jails?    Don't get me started.  The practice threatens the power structure as they lose a source of cheap labor.   But that's a blog for another day.

In the United States, debtors' prisons were banned under federal law in 1833. A century and a half later, in 1983, the Supreme Court affirmed that incarcerating indigent debtors was unconstitutional under the Fourteenth Amendment's Equal Protection Clause.

Feb 24, 2015

Debtors' Prisons, Then and Now: FAQ | The Marshall Project

Justice system shouldn't punish poverty
Dec 5, 2018 Updated 8 hrs ago

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The Issue
The criminal justice system shouldn't distribute punishments that fall heavier on an individual not because of their offense but because of how much money they have.

Debtors prisons are supposed to be a thing of the past, something relegated to dusty Charles Dickens novels about Victorian England. But 21st century America’s legal system has its own ways of punishing people simply for being poor.
Last month, the Southern Poverty Law Center filed a lawsuit in Montgomery federal court on behalf of three Alabama residents who had their driver’s licenses suspended for failure to pay traffic tickets, the Associated Press reported. According to the suit, nearly 23,000 Alabamians have suspended licenses because of the nonpayment of tickets.
“A suspended driver’s license has disastrous implications for individuals living in poverty,” said Micah West, a senior staff attorney with the SPLC. “The U.S. Constitution prohibits the state from suspending a person’s driver’s license without first determining their ability to pay. Through this lawsuit, we hope to end this illegal practice in Alabama.”


  1. I was also told by someone that they make you sign something that states you can't claim indigency and if you miss your court fee or payment...back to the jail you go...

  2. Game over Hannah realize that those who have truth on their side have one it took a very long time but you and you at the are finished and in the end those who stood against you have won. Truth prevails while everybody else goes slithering away!