Friday, July 13, 2012

Pay Up! Criminal Justice Debt in Philadelphia

I know that this is a long video but it is well worth the watch.  Apparently the city of Philadelphia is going after its poorest citizens in what it claims debts owed.  According to the video, in many cases they have lost the actual records but have still tacked on unseemly amounts of interest.  This debts are causing the denial of social assistance benefits and pardons.  In many cases, the people involved didn't even know that they owed court fees.  It seems to me that this is nothing more than a modern day debtors prison and a continuation on the war on the poor.  It also shows that even if you serve your time, and remain a clean record for 20+ years, you still aren't free.




H/T Rippa