Jan. 22, 2011
Written by Nancy Averett / Guest columnist
OHIO - Increasingly, experts believe delinquent youth incarceration is harmful, ineffective and wasteful, that it has the exact opposite impact of its intent: promoting public safety. As the Annie E. Casey Foundation noted in its an October 2011 report "No Place for Kids: The Case for Reducing Juvenile Incarceration," systemic mistreatment of confined youth has been documented in the youth corrections systems of 22 states, including Ohio, since 2000.

Published in Prisoner Support
Thursday, 05 May 2011 14:29

Pay fine or do time

Inmate looking through prison bars made of money
Tom Jackson  
10:07 AM Apr 10 2011

Sandusky, Ohio

Tarah Guy has a simple explanation for why she didn't pay her fines and court costs when she was convicted of a minor alcohol charge.

"Whatever money I was getting was for me and my daughter," said Guy, 21, a Huron resident who has a 3-year-old child. "I didn't have money at all to give to the courts."

If a local resident owes $500 to a big box store, the best the store can do is to turn the person over to a collection agency. The person might have to endure some ugly phone calls and his or her credit rating might suffer. But if the person owes $500 to a court, he or she faces jail time.

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