Return Of Debtors’ Prison. Many 99% still jailed for inability to pay fines/debts VIDEO REPORT

VIDEO REPORT

PBS Newshour, December 27, 2014

RETURN OF THE DEBTORS’ PRISON?  MANY STILL JAILED FOR INABILITY TO PAY FINES

Cities across the country are increasingly turning to what are known as private probation companies to collect unpaid fines. But are indigent people ending up in jail because they can’t afford to pay? Since NewsHour Weekend’s first story on this issue aired last spring, the Childersburg Municipal Court issued a “standing order” stating that “In no case shall an indigent defendant be incarcerated … based solely on his or her inability to pay fines.” But the practice continues elsewhere in the country. Special correspondent John Carlos Frey takes an in-depth look at what some are calling the return of the debtors’ prison. Continue reading → http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/return-debtors-prison/

Alternet, June 13, 2014
-▶  DEADLY NEW DEBTOR’S PRISONS:  PENNSYLVANIA MOTHER DIES IN JAIL FOR TRUANCY FINES. CRIMINALIZING POVERTY.  If you thought debtors prison was something straight out of Charles Dickens—and something long ago left behind us—think again. Debtors prison is becoming  very much a part of the American prison-industrial complex. http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/deadly-new-debtors-prisons-pennsylvania-mother-dies-jail-truancy-fines

August 8, 2013 Daily Kos:

-▶  DEBTORS PRISON:  PRIVATE PRISONS ENSURE ONGOING PROFITS FOR INCARCERATING PEOPLE WHO OWE BUT CAN’T PAY http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/08/11/1230307/-Charging-prisoners-fees-even-for-public-defender-creates-debtors-prison#

INVESTIGATIONS
ProPublica
UNFORGIVEN : THE LONG LIFE OF DEBT
Old Debts, Fresh Pain: Weak Laws Offer Debtors Little Protection
Critics say the 1968 federal law that allows collectors to take 25 percent of debtors’ wages, or every penny in their bank accounts, is out of date and overly harsh.

More » http://www.propublica.org/series/unforgiven

ProPublica, September 15, 2014
-▶  UNSEEN TOLL:  WAGES OF MILLIONS SEIZED TO PAY PAST DEBTS. A new study provides the first-ever tally of how many employees lose up to a quarter of their paychecks over debts like unpaid credit card or medical bills and student loans. http://www.propublica.org/article/unseen-toll-wages-of-millions-seized-to-pay-past-debts

Truthdig, December 22, 2013
-▶ LOCKING UP POOR PEOPLE IN CORPORATE AMERICA IS BOOMING “Aramark, often contracted to provide food to prisoners at about a dollar a meal, is one of numerous corporations, from phone companies to construction firms, that have found our grotesque system of mass incarceration to be very profitable.”  http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/food_behind_bars_isnt_fit_for_your_dog_20131222

YES Magazine, June 04 2014

-▶  A MODERN-DAY DEBTORS PRISON? JUDGES PUSH BACK AGAINST THE SOUTH’ PRIVATIZATION WAVE: In Southern states, small-town courts have outsourced probation management to for-profit companies charging fees out of reach to the country’s poorest residents. Many people end up in jail for nonpayment. These judges want private companies out of their courts. PRIVATIZING PROBATION AND PROFITING FROM POVERTY http://www.yesmagazine.org/peace-justice/a-modern-day-debtors-prison

Brave New Films
-▶  HOW PRIVATE PROBATION COMPANIES PROFIT OFF THE POOR http://www.bravenewfilms.org/toprisonforpoverty

American Civil Liberties Union, February 06, 2014
-▶  COURT-SANCTIONED EXTORTION BY PRIVATE PROBATION COMPANIES:  MODERN DEBTORS PRISON https://www.aclu.org/blog/criminal-law-reform-racial-justice/court-sanctioned-extortion-private-probation-companies

WATCH

TO PRISON FOR POVERTY

Brave New Films
HOW PRIVATE PROBATION COMPANIES PROFIT OFF THE POOR http://www.bravenewfilms.org/toprisonforpoverty

Huffington Post UK, July 03, 2014
-▶  UK IS PRIVATIZING IT’S PROBATION SERVICE http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/07/03/chris-grayling-probation-drawn-from-a-hat_n_5554340.html?utm_hp_ref=uk

VIDEO

“WHO PROFITS FROM POVERTY?”

http://sco.lt/4qDiJl

Truthout, December 27, 2013
-▶ THE GRAYING OF OUR INCARCERATION NATION –  Our prisons have increasingly become homes for the aging, as there are now some 125,000 prisoners age 55 or older, nearly quadruple the number there were in 1995. .. http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/20743-the-graying-of-our-incarceration-nation

VIDEO REPORT (Full Episode)
Al Jazeera America, November 01, 2014
“DYING INSIDE: ELDERLY IN PRISON”
http://america.aljazeera.com/watch/shows/fault-lines/multimedia/2014/11/fault-lines-dyinginsideelderlyinprisonfullepisode.html

The Atlantic, October 30, 2014
-▶ INNER-CITY VIOLENCE IN THE AGE OF MASS INCARCERATION. Harsh criminal-justice policies have thrown America’s poorest urban communities into chaos  http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2014/10/inner-city-violence-in-the-age-of-mass-incarceration/382154/

Alertnet, November 25, 2013

-▶ HOW WALL STREET TURNED AMERICA INTO INCARCERATION NATION http://www.alternet.org/corporate-accountability-and-workplace/how-wall-st-turned-america-incarceration-nation?akid=11186.237541.CCl2M1&rd=1&src=newsletter929145&t=3

A PLAGUE OF PRISONS

The Epidemiology of Mass Incarceration in America

Alternet, April 13, 2013
HOW MASS INCARCERATION IS A PLAGUE INFECTING OUR NATION — LITERALLY http://www.alternet.org/books/how-mass-incarceration-plague-infecting-our-nation-literally

CRUSHING COLLEGE DEBT

A TRILLION DOLLAR BUSINESS

PREDATORY LOANS AND AN UNKNOWN FUTURE

http://sco.lt/8wWGOX

CORPORATE PROFITS TRUMPS FAIR WAGES

More than half of U.S. fast food workers on public aid, report says http://sco.lt/5zp197

HOW DEREGULATION/TAX LOOPHOLES ARE DESTROYING SOCIETY, AS THE RICH GET RICHER AND THE POOR GET POORER  http://sco.lt/56KBZB

JAILING AMERICANS FOR PROFIT

THE RISE OF THE BILLION DOLLAR

PRIVATE PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

http://sco.lt/6bHg3N

PolicyMic, December 2, 2014
WATCH AMERICA’S PRISON SYSTEM EXPLODE IN ONE ALARMING GIF

http://mic.com/articles/107088/watch-america-s-prison-system-explode-in-one-alarming-gif

KIDS FOR CASH

INSIDE ONE OF THE NATION’S MOST SHOCKING

JUVENILE JUSTICE SCANDALS

http://sco.lt/9HDYeH

PRIVATIZING EVERYTHING

THE PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP

http://sco.lt/6G1wgr

Source: www.pbs.org

Welcome to America.  We chose this path.  Now, we’re going to have to walk it until enough people are angry enough and organized enough to effectively change the course of our society and our nation.

Absolutely disgusting, in my honest opinion.  Absolutely disgusting.

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