Justice Department: States Should Not Jail Poor People Over Fine Nonpayment

DOJ Lynch

The Justice Department is discouraging state court systems from jailing defendants who fail to pay fines or fees, warning against practices that it says run afoul of the Constitution and erode community trust.

Can’t jail the poor. Can’t jail the rich. Who’s left?

  • Hard Little Machine

    It’s not practical since it probably costs more to jail them. As a threat I suppose it works but we’re talking government here where everything is absurdly expensive.

    • Tough call but there may be other ways to ding them, i.e. taking away a drivers license etc.

      • reidjr

        Or make them do community services so there not sucking off the system.

      • 3MileLimit

        If they’re living on any kind of welfare, whatever it is they owe can be taken from their monthly/bi-monthly handouts. It’s the only way to get the cities money back, and to not let them get out of paying.

    • Xavier

      Valid point, but if you aren’t going to fine them or jail them, what’s the point in charging them in the first place? I’m being slightly tongue in cheek here, but will this end up with EBT cards being a get-out-of-jail-for-free card?

      • Hard Little Machine

        I’m not sure that all these fines are valid if they just stand alone. It’s one thing to fine someone as an adjunct to some other punishment like 30 days in jail for selling weed. But a fine in and of itself can often to be seen as little more than a hold up. Are we really going to put people in jail for a red light camera fine? Are we really going to fine someone for having their dog off the leash?

        • Xavier

          What they’re proposing is essentially what we already have, except codified: a different set of laws for different segments of society. You or I would be jailed for refusing to pay a $25 parking ticket; someone belonging to an entitlement group skates. As for the fines: yes, they’ll fine anything and everything. They crave always-increasing revenue and control of every aspect of our existence.

  • moraywatson

    Goldilocks justice.

  • ontario john

    And the social justice money pit in Canada grows. Turdeau announced this morning the latest batch of new senators. They consist of whiny indians, socialists, civil servants that support Trudeau, and Quebec politicians.

  • Ron MacDonald

    What happens when Progressives are the governing party, if this keeps up it will lead to a complete brakedown of western society.

  • Shebel

    Why the Hell did Harper leave all those vacant Senate seats?
    Never could figure that out .

  • Sid Falco

    Chalk up that to the ongoing costs of slave reparations (affirmative action, universities admissions, massive over-representation in federal agencies, etc, etc)

  • mauser 98

    the poor must include Sharpton who owes 4+$million for taxes

  • FivePointSpurgeon

    Oh, Lawd, won’t someone think of the chit-rens!!!?

  • Shebel

    Any bets that Justin will release the majority of criminals,long as they promise to wear an ‘ankle bracelet ‘.

  • Millie_Woods

    Looks more like Africa every day.

  • AlanUK

    “Can’t jail the poor. Can’t jail the rich. Who’s left?”