The Growing Fight Against The Resurgence Of Debtors’ Prisons
Amanda Underwood has missed two of her children’s birthdays sitting in jail because she didn’t have a couple of hundred dollars on hand.
She’s now been summoned to court in Alexander City, Alabama twice for owing fines related to driving violations. “You go up and stand in front of the judge, he says who wants to plead guilty, you plead guilty,” she explained. “If you have the money you’re good to go, and if you don’t you go to jail.” There is no discussion of lawyers or payment plans.
The first time she went to court it was her son’s second birthday. Read More