Modern-Day Debtors’ Prisons: Race and Revenue Generation in Courts Across America

   
Summary

Modern-Day Debtors’ Prisons: Race and Revenue Generation in Courts Across America

Description

Nearly two centuries ago, the United States formally abolished the incarceration of people who failed to pay off debts. Yet, recent years have witnessed the rise of modern-day debtors’ prisons—the jailing of poor people for failure to pay legal debts they can never hope to afford—along with other draconian sanctions imposed on poor and low-income people who cannot pay fines and fees to courts.

The ACLU Racial Justice Program and allies across the country are bringing lawsuits and advocacy to expose and challenge these practices. This talk will explore how modern-day debtors’ prisons push people—predominantly people of color—into cycles of poverty, debt, and the criminal legal system and will examine promising solutions.

Starts

4:30pm on Wednesday, September 18th 2019

End Time

6:00pm

Topics

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Speaker(s)

Nusrat Choudhury, Deputy Director, ACLU Racial Justice Program

Event Open To

public

Contact Name

SPH Events

URL Anchor Text

https://www.bu.edu/sph/news-events/signature-programs/public-health-fora/modern-day-debtors-prisons-race-and-revenue-generation-in-courts-across-america/

Registration URL

https://www.bu.edu/sph/news-events/signature-programs/public-health-fora/modern-day-debtors-prisons-race-and-revenue-generation-in-courts-across-america/

Building

L Building, 72 East Concord Street

Room

Heibert Lounge

Contact Email

sphevent@bu.edu

Contact Organization

School of Public Health

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Show Fees

free

 
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