With all Americans is debtors’ prisons we immediately become “slaves” for “the man” and their corporate machine…

clip_image001…With all Americans is debtors’ prisons we immediately become “slaves” for “the man” and their corporate machine…

 

Jeff Sessions Takes a Stand for Debtors’ Prisons

A wave of attention spurred the Justice Department to address debtors’ prisons in 2016, but things could change for the worst.

By Nusrat Choudhury / ACLU. December 29, 2017, 8:36 AM GMT …….During the holiday season, many of us think about what we can do to help people struggling with poverty. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, on the other hand, decided just before Christmas to rescind a guidance meant to protect low-income Americans.

The 2016 guidance, issued by former President Obama’s Justice Department, urged state and local courts nationwide to abide by constitutional principles prohibiting the jailing of poor people who cannot afford to pay court fines and fees. Jeff Sessions’ action makes clear that he and his Justice Department are unconcerned by courts trampling on the rights of poor people.

The Obama Justice Department issued the 2016 letter after reports and lawsuits by the ACLU and other groups revealed how modern-day debtors’ prisons function in more than a dozen states, despite the fact that the U.S. two centuries ago formally outlawed jailing people simply because they have unpaid debts.

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