How Our ‘Two-Tiered Justice System’ Exploits the Poor

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'Mercenary justice' makes poor justice-involved people subsidize cash-strapped municipalities. Photo by 401(K)-2012 via Flickr

Some 10 million Americans now hold criminal debt totaling over $50 billion, burdened by accumulating court fines and fees they are unable to pay. It's a hidden practice that damages communities and ruins lives, but the federal government seems to be looking the other way, writes an FSU law professor . . .

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