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Modern-day Debtor Prisons keep Hundreds of Impoverished People under Insurmountable Debt

" The lawsuit against Alexander City describes how in a town where almost 30 percent of the population lives below the poverty line, hundreds of impoverished [...]

” The lawsuit against Alexander City describes how in a town where almost 30 percent of the population lives below the poverty line, hundreds of impoverished people had been jailed or otherwise affected.

When a person appeared in municipal court, no effort was made to determine the individual’s ability to pay. There was generally no discussion about the right to a lawyer, and people who could not pay their fines in full were arrested by police without a warrant or probable cause, which also violated their right to legal representation. This happened even for people who brought a partial payment but needed time to come up with the rest.

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