University of Michigan Law School
Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse
Title "Jennings, MO: Debtors' Prison "
Date Jul 16, 2016
Author Civil Rights Corps
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Abstract Civil Rights Corps, in partnership with ArchCity Defenders and the Saint Louis University School of Law Legal Clinics, reached a landmark settlement for impoverished people who were illegally jailed in Jennings, Missouri. The City of Jennings, which is next to the City of Ferguson, had converted its legal system into a mechanism of revenue generation in which it used its police, municipal court, and jail to extort millions of dollars every year from its most impoverished people, keeping them caught in a brutal cycle of jail and debt for years. As a result of our case, the City paid $4.75 million to nearly 2,000 impoverished people who were illegally jailed and agreed to an injunction that prevents it from ever again jailing people because they are unable to make a payment.


This Resource Relates To
case Jenkins v. City of Jennings (CJ-MO-0006)

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