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Resource: Evidence Shows Montgomery Residents Were Illegally Jailed for Inability to Pay Fines

By: Leslie Bailey

July 16, 2020

Public Justice

The City of Montgomery, Alabama and its contractor, for-profit probation company Judicial Correction Services, “pocket[ed] millions” while knowingly “perpetuating a cycle of debt and unlawful imprisonment.” That’s how federal judge Royce Lamberth described the system under which hundreds of low-income municipal court defendants were jailed for being too poor to pay traffic tickets and other fines. On July 7, 2020 in Carter v. Judicial Correction Services, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama ruled that there is enough evidence for our lawsuit against the City, JCS, and a City-hired contract criminal defense attorney who participated in the scheme to go forward to trial, paving the way for the victims to finally get justice.

https://www.publicjustice.net/evidence-shows-montgomery-residents-were-illegally-jailed-for-inability-to-pay-fines/