November 19, 2017

ABA urges legislatures to abolish "modern-day debtors prison" systems

The House of Delegates approves resolution 111B asking state, local, territorial and tribal legislatures to abolish “offender funded” systems of probation supervised by private, for-profit companies during the 2016 Annual Meeting session on Aug. 8 in San Francisco. More than a dozen states have privatized probation for misdemeanors, as the industry’s pitch caught on with court systems looking for ways to save money and ensure collection of what they are owed. The offenses involved in private probation systems are typically misdemeanors, quasi-criminal ordinance violations or civil infractions that typically do not lead to jail sentences except for when fines are not paid.