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    Re: Civil Rights Attorneys Sue Ferguson Over 'Debtors Prisons'

    Maybe they could make up for the fines by cleaning the police departments' military weapons.

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    Re: Civil Rights Attorneys Sue Ferguson Over 'Debtors Prisons'

    Quote Originally Posted by Fleming View Post
    I think you've got that backwards: only if it can be shown that the person in question has made all efforts to be able to pay the fine he or she cannot be imprisoned.
    Same difference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tech30528 View Post
    Maybe they could make up for the fines by cleaning the police departments' military weapons.
    Now there's an idea.
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    Re: Civil Rights Attorneys Sue Ferguson Over 'Debtors Prisons'

    I guess then the alternative to jailing those not complying to a court order is to fine them more? But what if they fail to comply with the new court order to pay fines? Hell if the courts cant do anything then perhaps we should just stop giving tickets and see how that works out?

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    Re: Civil Rights Attorneys Sue Ferguson Over 'Debtors Prisons'

    Quote Originally Posted by tech30528 View Post
    Maybe they could make up for the fines by cleaning the police departments' military weapons.
    And if they refuse to do that? And if they refuse that too then what?

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    Re: Civil Rights Attorneys Sue Ferguson Over 'Debtors Prisons'

    Quote Originally Posted by azgreg View Post
    You guys are all getting off track here (a common malady of this forum). The point of the OP (and the article I linked to) is people being incarcerated for the simple fact that they don't have the means to pay fines for simple offenses and court fees accrued due to those cases. People are being locked up just because they are poor. In all fairness I did move the discussion a little further to include all victimless crimes as Paxaeon defined better than I did. There have been cases where someone is jailed for a short period of time for a couple hundred dollar fine and when they get out they are presented a bill for food, etc. that they accrued while in jail. Guess what? they can't pay that either so back to jail they go. Does this sound like the right thing to do to you? According to the ACLU America has 5% of the worlds population and 25% of the worlds prisoners. How's it feel to be on a list with the likes of N Korea?
    Wrong, they are being locked up because they habitually ignore laws and throw away parking tickets.

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    Re: Civil Rights Attorneys Sue Ferguson Over 'Debtors Prisons'

    Quote Originally Posted by ironhorse View Post
    Wrong, they are being locked up because they habitually ignore laws and throw away parking tickets.
    You can keep repeating that all you want. it won't make you right.
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    Re: Civil Rights Attorneys Sue Ferguson Over 'Debtors Prisons'

    Quote Originally Posted by azgreg View Post
    You can keep repeating that all you want. it won't make you right.
    OK I guess you are right and I am wrong. On the arrest warrant it clearly says they have violated the being poor law.

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