Letter to the Editor

Thursday, November 11, 2010 at 11:00pm
Posted by "AmyLiorate"

While I agree with the spirit of the [ACLU] case — and indeed we don't have debtors prison in this country — one has to wonder about what this may lead to.

Sure you have fulfilled your sentence, oh wait — except for that restitution. So in effect you haven't completed paying (literally) for your crime. So now would it be more prudent for the judge to put you back into jail for contempt after not paying for a year?

Probably not. But look at the case of someone who isn't paying child support. Since people are often never jailed for non-payment but still in contempt, the ACLU's statement doesn't apply: 
“Denying voting rights to those who have served their time based solely on their inability to pay a particular debt amounts to unconstitutional discrimination.”

Personally, I think that once someone has not paid child support for several months, a good wake up call would be to spend a few hours in jail, just a holding cell. That would probably shock most people and spur them to action. 

Filed under: City Voices
Tagged: ACLU | child support

113 Comments on this post:

By: Loner on 11/12/10 at 3:48

More delusional thinking: "'We didn't lose the election because of me," Nancy Pelosi said".

Ms. Pelosi must be on something, let's urine test that woman. If the Dems put her in a leadership position, Obama's 2012 odds will be severely impacted in a negative way. Of course, money talks and she is a huge fund-raiser for the Dems, Pelosi knows how market her party's influence...the Israelis love her....she'll probably stay in the limelight.

By: slacker on 11/12/10 at 3:49

Rand Paul's hair votes a straight ticket.

By: house_of_pain on 11/12/10 at 3:52

The one on Charlotte, slacker...just some tone-deaf pr*ck raping a guitar.

By: Loner on 11/12/10 at 3:54

Wen you use an animal's bladder for an air reservoir, a foul wind is sure to emanate from the "musical" contraption. One saving grace: Amazing Grace on a bagpipe is awesome.

By: Loner on 11/12/10 at 3:59

The Tea Party has no problem with the royal family concept of governance. their brand of populism resembles the Divine Right ideology of old...these are not patriots this is more like the Tory Party. Son of Paul should go far.

By: slacker on 11/12/10 at 4:02

pain, hope it wasn't the Slackerado's lead guitar player ''Knuckles'' moonlighting again.
I got him a great job selling homeless newspapers. Damn ingrate.

By: slacker on 11/12/10 at 4:06

Loner, I think bagpipes were used at Gitmo. The prisoners then starting requesting water boarding.

By: house_of_pain on 11/12/10 at 4:20

A friend asked me if I wanted a frozen banana, and I said, "No...but I do want a regular banana later...so...yeah".
-Mitch Hedberg

By: AmyLiorate on 11/12/10 at 4:20


By: AmyLiorate on 11/12/10 at 4:29

everyone have a great weekend

By: Loner on 11/12/10 at 4:32

Great link, Amy. Ron Paul is spot on when it comes to the failed war on drugs.

House, a frozen banana is no laughing matter.

By: Loner on 11/12/10 at 4:34

Have a good one, Amy.

By: Loner on 11/12/10 at 4:53

The Don't ask, Don't tell non-issue is back in the news, like a used condom that won't flush down...the SCOTUS has just passed the buck on this ridiculous issue.

As Commander-In-Chief, President Obama could easily and instantly abolish the ban by executive fiat. This is a relatively insignificant military matter, the CINC has full constitutional authority to rule on any and all military issues. Stronger presidents would already have made a decision on this and moved on. Obama is weak, hesitant and ambiguous.... those are not positive characteristics of an effective military commander. Obama is a one-termer...but I fear what the GOP will offer as an alternative in 2012.

Of course, if Obama continues to displease the Israeli government, he'll be six feet underground in 2012.....Palin-Cantor versus Biden-Schumer in 2012? Could be.