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Qtec
07-15-2012, 04:48 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> The charges were alarming: the four inmates claim low income defendants are routinely denied adequate counsel, are not advised on their constitutional rights and — most egregiously — are <span style='font-size: 14pt'>saddled with outrageously high fines and bond rates that the indigent have no way of paying.</span>

On Wednesday, Shelby County Circuit Court Judge Hub Harrington handed down his decision, and tore into the defendants:

When viewed in a light most favorable to Defendants, their testimony concerning <span style='font-size: 14pt'>the City’s court system could reasonably be characterized as the operation of a debtors prison. The court notes that these generally fell into disfavor by the early 1800′s, though the practice appears to have remained common place in Harpersville.</span> From a fair reading of the defendants’ testimony one night ascertain that a more apt description of the Harpersville Municipal Court practices <span style='font-size: 14pt'><span style="color: #990000">is that of a judicially sanctioned extortion racket.</span></span> Most distressing is that these abuses have been perpetrated by what is supposed to be a court of law. Disgraceful.

Judge Harrington goes on say that defendants appearing before the Harpersville Municipal Court are <span style="color: #990000">“subjected to repeated and ongoing violations of almost every safeguard afforded by the Unite[d] States Constitution, the laws of Alabama and the Rules of Criminal Procedure.”</span> </div></div>

That's freedom for you.


Isolated incident?


Flashback.

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">The "Kids for cash" scandal unfolded in 2008 over judicial kickbacks at the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Two judges, President Judge Mark Ciavarella and Senior Judge Michael Conahan, were <span style='font-size: 14pt'>accused of accepting money from Robert Mericle, builder of two private, for-profit juvenile facilities, in return for contracting with the facilities and imposing harsh sentences on juveniles brought before their courts in order to ensure that the detention centers would be utilized.</span> </div></div>

Private equity is into prisons in a big way. They make money by locking people up and as shown, they will do anything to keep their profits up.
It can be no surprise to anyone to see that the 'three strike rule' and the rise of private prisons went hand in hand.

Q

cushioncrawler
07-15-2012, 07:15 PM
Liberty. The land of the free. Giv me liberty. Free free free at last. Let freedom ring.
mac.

Corporations run the goodolusofa -- why not prizons.

Qtec
07-16-2012, 12:11 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Corporations run the goodolusofa -- why not prizons. </div></div>

I think the above examples show why not.


Q

LWW
07-16-2012, 05:16 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Qtec</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Corporations run the goodolusofa -- why not prizons. </div></div>

I think the above examples show why not.


Q </div></div>

Why don't you ament the true debtor's risons in America, or those who run them?