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    Report: Ohio courts illegally jailing the poor

    COLUMBUS (AP) — Several courts in Ohio, including in Richland County, are illegally jailing people because they are too poor to pay their debts and often deny defendants a hearing to determine if they’re financially capable of paying what they owe, according to an investigation released Thursday by the Ohio chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.

    The ACLU likens the problem to modern-day debtors’ prisons. Jailing people for debt pushes poor defendants farther into poverty and costs counties more than the actual debt because of the cost of arresting and incarcerating individuals, the report said.
    “The use of debtors’ prison is an outdated and destructive practice that has wreaked havoc upon the lives of those profiled in this report and thousands of others throughout Ohio,” the report said.
    Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor of the Ohio Supreme Court, responding to the ACLU’s request to take action, promised to review the findings. O’Connor told the group in a letter Wednesday: “you do cite a matter that can and must receive further attention.”
    The report says courts in Huron, Cuyahoga, and Erie counties are among the worst offenders.
    Among the report’s findings:

    —In the second half of last year, more than one in every five of all bookings in the Huron County Jail — originating from Norwalk Municipal Court cases — involved a failure to pay fines.
    —In suburban Cleveland, Parma Municipal Court jailed at least 45 defendants for failure to pay fines and costs between July 15 and August 31, 2012.
    —During the same period, Sandusky Municipal Court jailed at least 75 people for similar charges.
    Judge Deanna O’Donnell of Parma Municipal Court said Thursday the court was unaware of the issue until contacted earlier this week by the ACLU. She said officials were examining the 45 cases in question.
    “If there’s an issue here, a problem, we’re going to correct it,” O’Donnell said.
    Messages left for Norwalk and Sandusky municipal court officials Thursday weren’t immediately returned. The ACLU also sent letters to officials at Bryan, Richland County and Hamilton County municipal courts and Springboro Mayor’s Court.
    ACLU spokesman Mike Brickner said the group believes the practice is widespread in Ohio.

    Courts are breaking the law by holding defendants in contempt of court for failing to pay fines without proper notice or allowing an attorney to be present, the report said. Courts are also issuing arrests warrants for people who fail to show up and pay their fines and jailing defendants who are too poor to pay, according to the report.
    Court costs should be recovered through civil lawsuits, not jail time, the report said.

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    government has completely, utterly FAILED

    PUT THESE A$$HOLES IN JAIL

    Please tell me why I should worship the state (who apparently is the only party that can possess guns without question).

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    ^THAT^

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    At which point will Americans realize that creating an unaccountable institution that is able to pass its liability on to tax-payers is immoral and attracts sociopaths?

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    I thought that was common practice everywhere. Don't pay your fines or your court costs, a warrant is put out for you, and you go to jail. It was something like 35 dollars a day is taken off from what you owe, last I heard.
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    There is a process for this. You have to declare yourself indigent and unable to pay. If you don't, they will assume you are in contempt of court.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AFPVet View Post
    There is a process for this. You have to declare yourself indigent and unable to pay. If you don't, they will assume you are in contempt of court.
    Yeah, they want you to usually pay 10% a month on a payment plan with 10% being owed immediately. They won't lock you up if you don't pay the 10% up front though. Miss a few month's payments and you will be spending a few days in the county jail. I believe it is something like 35 dollars a day. Might even be able to work out a community service deal depending on the judge and your record.
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