Alabama Judge Offers Deal to Defendants: Give Blood or Go to Jail | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Alabama Judge Offers Deal to Defendants: Give Blood or Go to Jail

Even though debtor’s prisons have been outlawed in the United States since 1833, the practice has made a resurgence in recent years. Sometimes these arrests are driven by unscrupulous collection agencies who hold private debts, while in other cases they are pushed by cash strapped municipalities. Either way, you would think that this is a clear violation of the law that cannot be ignored, but about a third of US states are still getting away with it today. It may be hard for some folks to believe, but in many parts of America, it’s basically illegal to be poor.

Aside from how incredibly awful it is to do this to people, it also apparently leads to some rather strange and creepy situations for America’s poorest citizens. For example, a judge in Alabama has been criticized recently for quite literally trying to draw blood from a stone. On September 17th, Judge Marvin Wiggins was faced with dozens of defendants who owed money for court fees and fines. So, he gave them an ultimatum.

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