Lawsuit alleges the city of Florissant was running a "modern debtors' prison scheme" and locking the poor in jail over minor municipal code violations.
The court system in the town of Sherwood is destroying the lives of poor people, a new federal lawsuit alleges.
Cities outside St. Louis have created "a modern day police state and debtors’ prison scheme that has no place in American society today."
"People of color are disproportionately targeted."
"Held captive." It was how one 13-year-old described the feeling of growing up poor in our wealthy nation, and for more and more Americans living in poverty, this feeling isn't just a metaphor.
When a community issues arrest warrants for more offenses than it has residents, something's deeply wrong. A democratic society that purports "freedom and justice for all" can't coexist with one that profiles and criminalizes poor people and communities of color.
If Kafka were around to design a plan for governance, the result would be this pay-your-own-way approach. When government tries to make some citizens pay for services we all rely on, the results are at best bizarre, at worst sinister.
The state's supreme court announced it would hand out "bench cards" to all the state's judges with different alternatives
"We hear time and again from the legal aid lawyers who ultimately find out often about these people when they're in jail
To date, not a single mortgage lender has been sent to prison for their role in the financial crisis. At least one borrower