Vox Populi

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Chris Hedges: Legalizing Tyranny

Mr. Fish / Truthdig. The students I teach in prison who have the longest sentences are, almost without exception, the ones who demanded a jury trial. If everyone charged with … Continue reading

March 8, 2018 · 1 Comment

Amy Roe: When Communities Say No One Should Stay in Jail Just Because They’re Poor

Five out of six people behind bars awaiting trial are there simply because they can’t afford bail. Community bail funds offer a solution. . When Dorothy Hinton-Adams was arrested for allegedly … Continue reading

November 29, 2017 · 1 Comment

Rita Sklar: An Arkansas Town Agrees to Criminal Justice Reform to Ensure That the Poor Are Not Jailed

For years, the city of Sherwood, Arkansas, home to about 30,000 people, had a practice of jailing people who could not afford to pay court costs incurred from bounced checks. … Continue reading

November 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Christopher Smart: For I will consider my Cat Jeoffry

For I will consider my Cat Jeoffry. For he is the servant of the Living God duly and daily serving him. For at the first glance of the glory of … Continue reading

May 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

Video: To Prison for Poverty

To Prison for Poverty documents the system that enables private probation companies, such as Judicial Correction Services, to profit from charging excessive fees to low income people who can’t pay small … Continue reading

June 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

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