It is illegal to jail a person in the United States simply because he or she owes money.But Alabama has no set process for courts to determine if a defendant can afford to pay fees and fines.
Americans increasingly oppose the death penalty. Gallup found that opposition to the death penalty more than doubled in the past 25 years.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) should serve consumers, not the industries it regulates.
Hundreds of Alabamians lose cash, cars and other property under this practice of asset forfeiture. Many of them are never convicted of a crime – or even charged with one.
Quality, affordable child care is essential for families seeking to escape poverty and participate in employment, education and training activities.