Mon Apr 8, 2013, 10:59 AM
Lady Freedom Returns (8,480 posts)
Debtors' Prisons open for business in the U.S.A.
Let's start with the privatization of the prison system. Many a story has been written on the subject.
Even United Church of Christ has done an article, http://www.ucc.org/justice/criminal-justice/prison-industrial-complex-1.html
Now, as we all know, a businesses job is to do a much business as possible. That means they need more "product". So how can a business that need more criminals get this product? Enter the Debtors' Prison!
On October 4, 2010, the ACLU released a report titled "In For a Penny: The Rise of America's New Debtors' Prisons" http://www.aclu.org/prisoners-rights-racial-justice/penny-rise-americas-new-debtors-prisons .And Some scoffed at it.
Now, April 4, 2013, CBS Moneywatch has released a report titled "As economy flails, debtors' prisons thrive" http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505143_162-57577994/as-economy-flails-debtors-prisons-thrive/
So what does this mean for so many that have found themselves in debt? It means that people who have been on the right side of the law is now criminals. They will have a record.
Don't think this is right? Please contact your local, state, and Federal Reps and let them know!
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Mon Apr 8, 2013, 11:01 AM
arcane1 (35,423 posts)
1. I spent 5 nights in jail in Virginia for not paying a speeding ticket on-time, way back in 1997
I'm sure the cost of storing me there far exceeded the cost of the ticket. Then again, on day 4 our lunch consisted of a plate of potato chips and a cup of water, so perhaps they saved a little money there