posted on Apr, 29 2009 @ 02:17 AM
Guilty of Poverty? - Debtors Prison in the USSA
The jailers of the 19th century — even in the pre-Civil War South — largely abandoned the practice of imprisoning people for falling into debt as
counterproductive and ultimately barbaric. In the 1970s and ’80s, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed that incarcerating people who can’t pay fines
because of poverty violates the U.S. Constitution.
Apparently, though, some state and county jails never got the memo when they put the wealth of the Federal Government behind the PERSECUTION of SO
CALLED "Deadbeat Dads." Welcome to the debtors’ prisons of the 21st century.
Orwellian word play means that if we make up the right slogan, and apply it to an abhorrent concept, we can sell the slogan and institute the concept.
- Don't be #ing fooled - case in point "Deadbeat Dads..."
The disregard of the justice system for the rights of poor people to equal protection and due process is cause for outrage. But it shouldn't’t come
as a surprise in an era when the government spends billions bailing out banks while letting foreclosures and unemployment ruin the lives of working
people, while still having enough to attack impoverished fathers who are underemployed.
Let’s look at people who can’t afford child support due to underemployment… First off, there’s a big difference between dead-beat and
dead-broke… If a poor person owes child support, first any professional license, passport, drivers license, all taken away. - None of these things
are better for the child because they make it less likely a parent could pay. Then the person is thrown in jail for civil contempt - again less likely
to pay PLUS the child now has a 500% greater chance of going to jail themselves because their parent was thrown in jail - not to mention the shame
etc. - And of course it never makes anyone a better parent to be gang raped. So what happens is that they make it impossible for a parent to pay child
support because they could not afford to pay it. — Think it’s a joke, don't, the last statistic from 2006 said IT WAS CLOSE TO 1 MILLION PARENTS
in jail for this and that was before the economic meltdown which coincidentally has been close to 80% men who have lost their jobs - the ones most
likely to need to pay child support.
Also - The average cost to a county to incarcerate someone for being poor is 64K a year to put the impoverished father in jail (most likely he owes
way less than that). - Also - it’s indefinite, I talked to a kid who was there for 3.5 yrs for only being too poor to pay the child support. Also -
because its CIVIL contempt, they can’t get a free lawyer to rep them. - it’s debtors prison, wake up America, they just want you to get used to
the idea by using phrases like deadbeat dad - as if these poor #ers had some choice. Rich people who don’t pay - immediately pay up before the first
gang rape, but the poor guys cant so they sit in jail indefinitely so a child molester can get out due to overcrowding. And don’t forget the effect
- if that guy ever does get out do you think he’ll ever pledge to the flag - i doubt it, he’ll probably turn to a life of crime because what’s
really the choice then? Get your ass raped till it bleeds and blow 20 racially hatred motivated gang members a day - or rob a bank… What would you