A class action lawsuit filed in federal court claims Norwalk’s municipal court violated the law in jailing four different defendants for failing to pay their fines.
10:34 AM Mar 12, 2014
“Courts that are still engaging in debtors prison practices are on notice that they can no longer ignore the Constitution, and if they do so, our state Supreme Court is watching”
9:47 AM Feb 6, 2014

Excerpt: Despite the discomfort the judicial community may have with responding the ACLU's charges, judges have an obligation to review and, if necessary, reform their policies to ensure that justice is indeed carried out in a fair and responsible manner.

8:30 AM Apr 21, 2013
Judge Erich O’Brien said the person the Ohio ACLU has criticized for tossing poor people into jail doesn’t sound much like the guy he sees in the mirror.
9:04 AM Apr 18, 2013
Municipal Court judge John Ridge said he won’t answer questions about how he treats poor people who appear in his courtroom, or comment on the ACLU's contention that the Ohio judicial system is creating 'debtors' prison'
8:47 AM Apr 11, 2013
Report says Ohio judges and courts are violating U.S. and state constitution sending people to jail for not paying fines.
5:03 PM Apr 4, 2013
Report from Ohio ACLU says some jail practices violate U.S. and state constitutions.
11:21 AM Apr 4, 2013


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