Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Debtors' Prisons: Life Inside America’s For-Profit Justice System (Part 1/2)



VICE's Justice series examines the winners and losers of the for-profit criminal justice system. Imprisoning people for being poor has technically been illegal in this country for two hundred years, but it is still a reality. Municipalities with small, low-income populations and correspondingly low tax bases regularly pay their salaries, and pad their budgets by issuing "quality of life" and traffic fines to people for minor offenses and sending them to jail if they can't pay. 


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