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Current Event June 3, 2016

Debate: Is It Fair to Send People to Jail for Not Paying Fines?


Sending someone to jail because they can’t pay a debt is against the law. But often courts in the United States imprison people who cannot pay court fines. For example, homeless people can be ticketed for sleeping in a park and then put into prison for not paying the fine. The city of Colorado Springs is stopping this practice. The city is also paying people who have previously been held in jail under these circumstances. Listen to hear more about this new policy and debate the pros and cons with your students.

Ethics Law Reform

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AIR DATE: 05/05/2016


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