Here is an article about people who are in jail because they haven’t paid fines stemming from previous criminal convictions. The reporters frame it as debtor’s prison in more than one article, claiming that “they wouldn’t be in jail if they were rich.”

There is a difference between consumer debt and fines. If a person says they can’t pay a fine, what other penalties are available?

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Beans · July 18, 2021 at 9:36 pm

Being jailed for 1-2 civil infractions resulting in fines is a horrible thing.

But being jailed for not paying your criminal fines and restitution? Eh, fuckem. Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time.

And, seriously, most jurisdictions will waive any fees and restitution if the criminal shows any inclination to change his/her/its criminal ways. Even a half-hearted attempt at faking changing one’s ways will get the fines and restitutions wavered.

Also, if at time of sentencing, the defendant/newly convicted person can show any reason why they’ll not be able to pay fines and restitutions, again, those will most likely be waived at the time of sentencing.

Surprising to no one, criminals will just be… criminals. And have no interest in changing their ways. Even if they get out of jail/prison, the rush back to the old ways of booze, tobacco, strip joints, drugs, fast living becomes so much more important than, you know, following the law, not engaging in a drug/booze filled life and paying one’s dues.

Now this is for real criminals.

For those screwed by the courts over child care and alimony, well, the courts have too often engaged in judicial lawfare against men.

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