Jeff Sessions Rescinds Legal Doc to Allow Police To Jail People For Being Poor

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The DOJ has rescinded a legal guidance that requires courts to stop the imprisonment of poor individuals because they cannot pay court fines and fees.

In addition to his “War on Cannabis,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently revealed that he is also in favor of a “War on Poverty,” when he rescinded a legal guidance document that was meant to end illegal debtors’ prisons.

While debtors’ prisons are labeled as institutions to keep people from failing to pay fines and debts, they have been used to take advantage of impoverished, low-income individuals. A simple traffic ticket can turn into months in prison, which results in even greater fines. As defined by the American Civil Liberties Union:

“Nearly two centuries ago, the United States formally abolished the incarceration of people who failed to pay off debts.

Yet, recent years have witnessed the rise of modern-day debtors’ prisons—the arrest and jailing of poor people for failure to pay legal debts they can never hope to afford, through criminal justice procedures that violate their most basic rights.”

The legal guidance rescinded by Sessions was one that was implemented by the Department of Justice in 2016. It states that courts are required to follow constitutional principles and to prohibit the imprisonment of poor individuals because they cannot pay court fines and fees.

Sessions rescinded the March 2016 “Dear Colleague Letter on Enforcement of Fines and Fees” last week, along with 25 other legal documents dating back to 1975. In a statement, he claimed that he was “ending 25 examples of improper or unnecessary guidance documents” that had been identified by a DOJ task force:

“Last month, I ended the longstanding abuse of issuing rules by simply publishing a letter or posting a web page. Congress has provided for a regulatory process in statute, and we are going to follow it. This is good government and prevents confusing the public with improper and wrong advice.

Therefore, any guidance that is outdated, used to circumvent the regulatory process, or that improperly goes beyond what is provided for in statutes or regulation should not be given effect. That is why today, we are ending 25 examples of improper or unnecessary guidance documents identified by our Regulatory Reform Task Force led by our Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand.  We will continue to look for other examples to rescind, and we will uphold the rule of law.”

The guidance was originally put in place after a series of reports and lawsuits from the ACLU revealed that state and local courts were increasingly offsetting budget deficits by charging additional fees for public defenders, prosecutors, court administration, jail operation and probation supervision,” and that the courts were using “aggressive tactics to collect these unpaid fines and fees, including for traffic offenses and other low-level offenses.

As a result, the courts were then jailing people who fell behind on their payments, without holding a hearing to determine if the individual was able to pay the fines, or offering alternatives such as community service.

The ACLU argued that because the courts were imprisoning an individual based on the fact that he or she could not pay court-imposed fines or fees, the court was in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment, which guarantees due process and equal protection under the law.

In one case, a man undergoing chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer in Sherwood, Arkansas, spent 90 days in jail and ended up owing a court more than $3,000 after he wrote a series of bad checks for small amounts ranging from $5 to $41, and his medical condition prevented him from earning money to pay for the fines associated with the checks.

Another case involved a veteran battling homelessness in Grand Rapids, Michigan, who spent 22 days in jail because he showed up to court with $25 out of the $50 the judge wanted him to pay as the first installment for the $2,600 he owed in restitution, fines and court fees after he was found intoxicated, on the roof of a building.

Ultimately, the only ones who benefit from debtors’ prisons are the prisons themselves, and the people who suffer are the ones who find themselves facing jail time on top of the inflated fees and fines they already cannot afford to pay.

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  • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

    Your comeuppance will come long before you fry in HELL, Jeff-ee…….It’d be best if you grow eyes in the back of your fat skull ASAP, motherfucker.

  • Cynical Old Bastard

    “While debtors’ prisons are labeled as institutions to keep people from failing to pay fines and debts”

    What does this sentence fragment mean?

    Translation please.

    • mpow66m

      if you dont pay the fine,you do the time.

      • rouge1

        Then they charge you for going to jail. So basically if you dont want to reward your corrupt criminal just-us system and evil corrupt government with the special taxes they wish to burden you with you can get life in prison for jay walking if you dont cough up some federal reserve notes.

        • Jas

          The unconstitutional take over of the Judical branch of government by the BAR is the problem. They have replaced constitutional common law courts with courts of the UCC which is an exaction and extortion system designed to make judges and lawyers rich as well as the ability to slectively prosecute your enemies, or fail to prosecute their corrupt friends like Hillary.

          • g.johnon

            the american bar has been nothing more than an extension of old bailey ever since way back in colonial times. it is through the maritime (kings, admiralty) law that mother england has kept us tethered to her since the beginning. your lawyer is, first and foremost, an agent of the “courts” and works for you only as an afterthought.
            the american system of justice is a system that nobobdy should get caught up in, it will steal wealth from the wealthy and take the soul of the poor.

          • Jas

            Sad we have debtor’s prisons today from the UCC exacton and extortion courts.

          • g.johnon

            it is sad, but, mostly, its outrageous.

        • jimmy joe

          I have a feeling him and his cronies are HEAVILY invested in the private prison lobby! This would also explain him being against states rights!

    • SP_88

      There’s a comma after “debts” followed by a “but” and some more sentence.

      • Cynical Old Bastard

        Thus the sentence fragment portion, brother.

        But they are apparently keeping people from failing to pay. This is an oxymoron.

        • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

          They’re promoted as being a deterrent.

          That’s what it means.

  • mpow66m

    Ok hes gotta go,this and all the other BS he is doing isnt gonna cut it.Trump needs to get someone with some common sense and half a brain in there.

    • Smarty

      Trump PICKED him (it) and I remember him clearly saying “Jeff is a great guy”. The day he picked this fucking prick, I knew it was game over as far as Trump being anything other than business as usual. It was a scam, I knew it was a scam, and that’s why once again I didn’t vote. Why waste the gas to drive to place your useless vote?

      • gazoo3

        JS endorsed and supported DT from the very beginning of his campaign. Also JS is the one who educated about and advised DT to pull out of TPP. This is why DT apponted JS to be AG.

  • George of the Jungle

    It’s time for the revolution to start . . .

    • Smarty

      Long, long overdue….

      • Christopher White

        There is an app. for that: Traitors, Lamp Posts & strong rope: Some assembly required.

        • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

          Hey, here’s a response to your post that you made on “”….They won’t post it, but I really wanted you to see it:

          Um……”The Church is perfect…..”….say whaaa???? Mormonism is a SCAM OF SCAMS. Mountain Meadows Massacre. Bring’em YOUNG. Joseph’s DICK. Freemasonry rites stolen lock,stock&barrel and parlayed into your ticket ‘inside’ (ROIGHT). But hey, here’s a snippet from a new tune I’ve been working on. It’s got your MO all over it. “……..And, I’ve got a secret that I’d like to share: I’ve never changed my Mormon underwear”. There ya go. Just for you, mon. You’re welcome.

    • Mike Smith

      NO PEACE

  • idontknow

    Sic semper tyrannis…

  • Phil_Ossifer

    There might be more to this than it seems at first glance.

    Sessions said, “Last month, I ended the longstanding abuse of issuing rules by simply publishing a letter or posting a web page. Congress has provided for a regulatory process in statute, and we are going to follow it. This is good government and prevents confusing the public with improper and wrong advice.”
    He has a point. These “advisory letters” were essentially designed to make ad hoc law, that is, do an end-run around Congress and the regulatory process. Some DOJ bureaucrat could issue a letter and it would pretty much have the force of law. If Sessions is trying to stop the practice of issuing fiat law and defer to Congress and the rulemaking process, good.
    Congress makes law and the Executive enforces it. Last I heard, the DOJ is a branch of the Executive and, as such, has no business making laws or issuing “advisory letters” that have the force of law.
    Let’s wait and see. Sessions isn’t one of my favorite people but he might have gotten this one right.

    • Christopher White

      If you think that a majority of the Congress is going to pass a law to prevent “debtor’s prisons”, then you are mistaken. The majority of the Congress, like the Executive and Judicial Branches, is made up of corrupt, treacherous, self-entitled, self-important Fools and control freaks. Most are compromised in some way that make them targets of control from others (and those “others” do not have the best interests of the Republic in mind). The Tree of Liberty is looking rather parched.

      • Phil_Ossifer

        I didn’t say that Congress wasn’t (or was) going to do anything. What I said, and Sessions said, was that the Executive Department (DOJ) is misusing “advisory letters” to do what Congress should be doing. If anything, this is a move toward restoring the checks and balances on which the Constitution is based. Obummer spent eight years doing things like “advisory letters” and “signing statements” and other ad-hoc things to bend the law to his way of thinking, with, shall we say, less than stellar results.

  • Mistaron

    AMERICA: Home of the free.

    • Phil_Ossifer

      Yes…free to say (mostly) what you like and free to do exactly what you are told to do by ZOG.

  • Pyra Gorgon

    After reading commentary below, it seems most people do not have proper frame of reference to comprehend WHY these things are happening the way they are.

    This article showcases structural “institutional violence” which also includes injustice and authoritarian control mechanisms. The purpose of policy that promotes structural and institutional violence is to destroy a segment of the population, thus, limiting it to some degree. It is one tactic used among many.

    Carefully read and consider ALL these news articles you read. Stop thinking on terms of LEGALITY, LAWFULNESS, RIGHT, WRONG, SENSIBLE, INSANE. If you think on terms that TPTB will say anything, tell you anything, promise anything, but they murder you quietly, or make life miserable and hateful to enjoy and thrive in, then you will get why Obamacare happened, why banker bailouts happened, why Trump has done what he is doing, why 5G towers that will microwave you to death are going up ‘for convenience’ even though they are “active denial” military systems and so many other things that are evil.

    Where are the homeless people? Are any of you aware that whole sections of our society are quietly disappearing and being unreported?

  • WoundedChristian

    I pray every day the whole corrupted system would fall. Even in the corrupted court, they have to allow for a Jury. In traffic court, if each and every one of us demanded a jury, the costs would outweigh the benefits to the corrupt.

    • Phil_Ossifer

      I agree, it wouldn’t take much to overwhelm the (in)justice system and this is a useful tool for fighting back. Problem is, if we tried that, the Supreme Court would reinterpret the Constitution (they think it’s a “living document,” dontcha know) to say that you could be denied the right to trial by jury under certain circumstances. ZOG is not ever going to give up any of its power willingly.

  • Mike Smith


  • c_chandler

    now…set into the executive order that allows anyone to bwe restrained when thety decide for martial law! that be a good start