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Miss a Traffic Ticket, Go to Jail? The Return of Debtor Prison (Hard Times, USA)


Society & Culture  (tags: rights, society, police, politics, debt, economy, civil liberties, government, ethics, americans )

Cal
- 1322 days ago - alternet.org
Thought debtor prison ended in the 18th century? Think again.



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Past Member (0)
Monday February 11, 2013, 3:37 am
Noted, but if the choice starts as pay a fine of go to jail, wouldn't you want the option to pay a fine? And by not paying the fine, are you not choosing to go to jail (or should we offer a third choice of "lets just forget it").
 

Carol H. (229)
Monday February 11, 2013, 5:02 am
noted, thank you Cal
 

Mike S. (86)
Monday February 11, 2013, 6:53 am
Noted and thank you Cal.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday February 11, 2013, 8:37 pm
Cheers
 

DaleLovesOttawa O. (198)
Monday February 11, 2013, 9:19 pm
Interesting, the U.S. seems to be in favour of a lot of privatized prison 'reforms' and this is another way of hiding the poor from sight and mind. Certainly the well off don't end up in jail for not paying a traffic ticket unless they accumulate a ton of them. If one has just lost their job as mentioned in the article then paying fines is a problem, one would think that community service might be a better option than tossing people in jail.
 

Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday February 16, 2013, 1:02 pm
Dale, (above), as hit the nail on the head. I'd only suggest that even those "well off" wouldn't see a day in jail, though. Our country has flipped upside-down when Banksters get away with crashing the economy, while those who got hurt the most from the crash are paying a price they shouldn't have to pay. Disgusting!
 
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