ACLU of Ohio Claims Poor People being Unlawfully Jailed for Failing to Pay Court Fines


James Ewinger
The Plain Dealer
April 6, 2013

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio has called on the Ohio Supreme Court to end “debtors’ prisons,” where indigent people are unlawfully jailed because they cannot pay court fines.

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On Thursday, the ACLU released the results of its investigation that found seven courts across Ohio, including Parma Municipal Court, had disregarded the rights of indigent defendants, said Mike Brickner, director of communications and public policy for ACLU of Ohio.

The organization said the courts were not holding the required hearings to determine whether a person was indigent and that people who are indigent cannot legally be jailed for failure to pay their fines.

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