COURT: CAN'T PAY YOUR TICKET? WASH POLICE CARS AND CLEAN COURTROOMS OR GO TO JAIL | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


COURT: CAN'T PAY YOUR TICKET? WASH POLICE CARS AND CLEAN COURTROOMS OR GO TO JAIL

The birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr., appears to be reverting back to the 1950's.

A recent appeals court ruling reveals that Montgomery, Alabama judges and police are allowed to give indigent people two choices to pay for traffic tickets. One, they can wash police cars and clean courtrooms or two, they can go directly to jail.

"This appeal requires us to decide whether two municipal judges enjoy absolute judicial immunity and a mayor and two police chiefs enjoy qualified immunity from a complaint alleging claims of peonage and false imprisonment.?

"The complaint alleges that the city of Montgomery, aggressively collected fines and court costs owed by individuals for various offenses, typically traffic tickets. But indigent offenders, who could not afford to pay their fines, were forced to sit-out the fines in jail by earning a credit of $50 a day."

"The jailees allege that, while in jail, they were forced to participate in a work program, which allowed them to reduce their time in jail by working for an additional credit of $25 a day. The jailees describe the work program as a “forced labor policy” because they were allegedly threatened with more unlawful jail time if they refused to work. For example, McCullough alleges that she was forced to stand suicide watch over an inmate infected with hepatitis C. Edwards alleges that he was forced to clean jail cells and pick up trash. And Johnson alleges that she was forced to wash police cars and clean courtrooms."

Forcing indigent people to pay fines or into forced labor, increases profits for courts and police.

The complaint alleges that the city of Montgomery "raised three times more money in fines and 15 times more money in court costs than neighboring Huntsville, Alabama." (Click here to see how police and courts fine people to increase profits.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is, sadly, more evidence, that the US is turning into a serf economy, where society has only two tiers; one for the already monied, and the other, for the horrifically impoverished.

And soon, far too many Americans will be in that second tier.

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