Sessions Says to Courts: Go Ahead, Jail People Because They’re Poor


Last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions retracted an Obama-era guidance to state courts that was meant to end debtors’ prisons, where people who are too poor to pay fines are sent.

This practice is blatantly unconstitutional, and the guidance had helped jump-start reform around the country.

Jeff Sessions 1a NYT LLLLIts withdrawal is the latest sign that the federal government is retreating from protecting civil rights for the most vulnerable among us.

The Justice Department helped shine a light on the harms of fine and fees when it investigated Ferguson, Mo., three years ago after the killing of the…

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