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Here is a piece to outrage you or, at the very least, make you scratch your head in wonder. Apparently, debtors’ prisons are no longer a thing of the past. Little did I know that if a person is accused of a crime in the United States, he/she becomes a so-called consumer of a service and, if unable to pay for it, can end up in jail not for the violation itself but due to the inability to pay court costs, fines, interest, and penalties. And the money that these typically impoverished “consumers” do manage to pay boosts the coffers of some jurisdictions by millions. What services do our ever-increasing tax dollars pay for anyway? Only in America…

 

 

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