Debtors Prison: A Case Study

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Georgia’s probation program has been compared to a debtors prison by human rights organizations. The Human Rights Watch recently published an article that explains how courts have adapted probation programs into a form of debt collection (Profiting from Probation, 2015). People are regularly sentenced to probation because they don’t have money, and they need time to pay down the fines and court costs associated with low-level misdemeanors such as stop sign violations, illegal lane changes, or trespassing.

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