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Debtor’s Prisons Still Exist in 21st Century America

PBS NewsHour will air a segment tonight featuring our fight against modern-day debtors’ prisons. Please tune in to see SPLC Deputy Legal Director David Dinielli discuss the all too common yet unconstitutional practice of putting poor people behind bars for their inability to pay fines for minor offenses.The U.S. Supreme Court found this practice to be unconstitutional many years ago, yet it persists.

Watch SPLC on PBS NewsHour
Saturday, April 12
Check local airtimes, 
  or watch online

Without funds to pay fines, minor incidents can mean jail image