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Sentenced to debt: Poor tossed in prison over unpaid fines

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    Sentenced to debt: Poor tossed in prison over unpaid fines

    Cash-strapped cities and states increasingly are trying to tap a previously overlooked pot of money – uncollected fines, fees and other costs imposed by civil and criminal courts – in order to help them balance their books.

    And when people don’t pay these court-ordered debts, some local officials have not been shy about tossing them in jail, leading to the creation of modern-day “debtor’s prisons” full of poor offenders, advocates say...


    http://inplainsight.nbcnews.com/_new...r-unpaid-fines
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