Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Return of Debtors' Prison

While debtors' prison was a complete failure from the past, it's return suggests that human behavior focuses more on the present than learning lessons from the past.

Headline: DOJ warns against jailing poor people for not paying court fines

Washington (CNN)The Justice Department issued new guidelines to state and municipal court systems aimed at preventing indigent defendants from being jailed because they're too poor to pay fines for minor infractions.

The legal guidance is "intended to address some of the most common practices that run afoul of the United States Constitution and/or other federal laws," according to a letter sent Monday to chief justices and court administrators around the nation from Vanita Gupta, head of the Justice Department's civil rights division, and Lisa Foster, director of the Office for Access to Justice.



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