A “judicially sanctioned extortion racket”

by Walter Olson on July 26, 2012

Shelby County, Ala. judge Hub Harrington had some scathing words for the town of Harpersville and a private probation company over “debtors’ prison” treatment of local defendants milked for large fines and fees. [Birmingham News via ABA Journal] More on abusive fine extraction and privatization of law enforcement here, here, etc.

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1 James C. Walker 07.26.12 at 10:46 pm

Extortion is a very correct term for collection efforts on court fines and surcharges. It is like a “debtor’s prison”. None of this garbage meets the bare minimum standards of fairness or justice under our systems.
James C. Walker, National Motorists Association, Ann Arbor, MI

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