From Facing South, the online magazine of the Institute for Southern Studies.
The Brennan Center for Justice and the American Civil Liberties Union released reports this week documenting the growing problem of criminal justice debt and the considerable costs it's imposing on communities, taxpayers and indigent people convicted of crimes. The following figures come from those reports, titled respectively "Criminal Justice Debt: A Barrier to Reentry" and "In for a Penny: The Rise of America's New Debtor Prisons."
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
The rise of debtors prisons?
Some extracurricular reading for those interested, via the Texas Observer, which pulled some of the greatest hits from the reports: