Miss a Traffic Ticket, Go to Jail? The Return of Debtor Prison

Thought debtor prison ended in the 18th century? Think again.

By Alex Kane

February 12, 2013 “Alternet” — Kawana Young, a single mother of two kids, was arrested in Michigan after failing to pay money she owed as a result of minor traffic offenses. She was recently laid off from her job, and could not pay the fees she owed because she couldn’t find another source of employment. So a judge sentenced her to three days in jail. In addition, Young was charged additional fees for being booked and for room and board for a place she did not want to be. In total, she has been jailed five times for being unable to pay her debts. Read more: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article33918.htm

 

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