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Arlington/FCC Mental Health Docket Creation Public Meeting 7/17–Please Attend!

by Cindy According to a recent survey, over three times more people with mental illness are in jails and prisons than in hospitals. In one...

Video: At 2019 VA Women’s Summit, Parade of Champions on Environment,...

Want to put names with faces of 2019 Virginia House of Delegates and State Senate candidates - and also who is a "champion" on...

Texas Prosecutors Consider Criminal Justice Reform Amid Controversy

SPONSORED CONTENT For years, prosecutors across different states and counties have had immense discretion in the cases they prosecute, and those they do not. Until...

Criminal Justice Reform in Colorado Gets Bipartisan Support

SPONSORED CONTENT There have been a lot of bills on the table this legislative session in Colorado. Those to get the most attention so far...

NY State Legislative Session Shows What Virginia Can Accomplish If Democrats...

Remember the last time Virginia Democrats controlled both the General Assembly AND the Governor's Mansion? Yeah, you probably don't, because it's been a loooong...

Delegate Kaye Kory and Friends of Guest House Host Emotional Discussion...

by Cindy; Originally posted at VAPLAN Over the last couple years, the Virginia Department of Corrections has made the news headlines, and not in a...

Wednesday News: Senate Passes “First Step Act” 87-12; “GOP talks Trump...

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, December 19. by Lowell UK PM May urges devolved nations to...

Aunt Flo Visits the Prison, But She Can’t Wear a Tampon!...

Hot off the appalling reports on children being duct taped to chairs with bags over their heads in detention centers, and prisoners—including children—being kept...

Dave Marsden Is Quickly Becoming One of My Favorite Virginia State...

Between putting out actual facts about I-66 (as opposed to hysteria and misinformation, which we've seen a lot of recently) and the following list...

Debtors’ Prisons Again?

It is not that the US need incarcerate any more of its populace.  With 2% of the world's population, we incarcerate 23% of the world's total inmates, mostly our own people. More than any country in the world, we keep inventing new ways to lock people up.  Sometimes, it's the reinvention of an old way, taking us not just back to the 20th Century, but further back still.  Debtors' prisons were abolished in the 19th Century, but the prison-industrial-complex has a plan.  

In some states those owing money are rounded up and thrown in jail. In other words, in some places, it is now a "crime" to be poor, unemployed and in financial ruin. Recall that, according to the Weird Laws app, it's illegal to be broke in Illinois.  Recall also that more than half of all bankruptcies are due at least in part to medical bills.  Job loss is another major cause of unpaid debt.