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A city ordinance that criminalized the failure to pay a water bill was repealed by the city council in the town of Chickasaw, Alabama, last night in response to a Southern Poverty Law Center letter advising the city’s municipal judge that the ordinance is unconstitutional.
The SPLC joined 286 advocacy groups today voicing support for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) proposal to restrict the financial industry’s use of forced arbitration – a tactic employed by Wall Street banks and predatory lenders to prevent consumers from challenging illegal practices in court.
Marta* asked me to look at her hands.
A city judge in Bogalusa, La., has agreed to temporarily stop jailing indigent people who can’t pay fines or court costs and to stop collecting extension fees and court costs that fund his court, according to a joint agreement filed today in federal court.
A city court judge in Bogalusa, Louisiana, operated a modern-day debtors’ prison by illegally jailing indigent people unable to pay fines or court costs – including a man fined for stealing $5 worth of food to feed his family. The SPLC filed a federal lawsuit to stop the unconstitutional...
A city court judge in Bogalusa, Louisiana, is operating a modern-day debtors’ prison by illegally jailing indigent people unable to pay fines or court costs – including a man fined for stealing $5 worth of food to feed his family, according to a federal lawsuit filed today by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has proposed important new standards to help rein in payday and auto title lenders who intentionally trap low-income and impoverished people in a cycle of high-interest, unaffordable debt.
Nearly three dozen prominent national and state civil rights and criminal justice groups have joined the SPLC in support of federal legislation that would end debtors’ prison practices nationwide and strip federal funding from municipalities engaging in them.
The following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Justice’s letter today to judges and court administrators about unconstitutional state court policies is by Sam Brooke, deputy legal director at the Southern Poverty Law Center: