Category Archives: Debtors Prison

SCHR Files Suit on Debtors Prison Practices by Probation Firm in South Georgia


(APN) ATLANTA — The Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) has filed a civil rights lawsuit against Red Hills Community Probation on behalf of indigent people who say they have been injured by the company’s bullying and abusive business practices.  Red Hills operates in the municipal courts for the cities of Bainbridge and Pelham, Georgia.  Both cities are in south […]

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ACLU, DeKalb County Settle Debtor’s Prison Case

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(APN) ATLANTA — The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and DeKalb County have reached a settlement in the federal lawsuit brought on behalf of Kevin Thompson, a DeKalb County teenager.   The lawsuit alleged that people were being improperly jailed who could not pay court-ordered fines in traffic cases.   As earlier reported by Atlanta Progressive News, Thompson spent five […]

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Misdemeanor Fee-based Probation Tolling Ends after Georgia Supreme Court Ruling

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(APN) ATLANTA — The Supreme Court of Georgia unanimously ruled, on November 24, 2014, that courts are prohibited from lengthening a person’s misdemeanor sentence beyond what was originally ordered by the sentencing court.  The opinion was written by Chief Justice Hugh Thompson.   The Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s finding that private probation companies do not have the legal […]

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Gov. Deal May Veto Bill Expanding Private Probation, Debtors Prisons in Georgia

    (APN) ATLANTA — HB 837, which would expand authority for private probation companies, was passed by the House (105 to 62) and Senate (35 to 17) and has been sent to the Governor awaiting his signature to become law.   Gov. Deal has until April 29 to sign or veto the law; if he does nothing, the bill […]

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(IPS) Occupy Affiliate Aims at Abolishing Consumer Debt

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service website at: ATLANTA, Georgia, Apr 14 2013 (IPS) – Strike Debt, an affiliate of the Occupy movement, has devised a legal and what some consider ingenious way to abolish millions of dollars in consumer debt.  The project is called Rolling Jubilee, and by raising money from other citizen activists to purchase debt on […]

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