September 2014 | Kirsten D. Levingston, Brennan Center for Justice, and Vicki Turetsky,Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)

Debtors’ Prison – Prisoners’ Accumulation of Debt as a Barrier to Reentry

This is a link to an article published in the July-August 2007 Journal of Poverty Law and Policy that discusses how unrealistic levels of debt and cost-recovery policies enforced by criminal justice and child support agencies can undermine the criminal justice system’s rehabilitation goals, the child support system’s goals to support children, and society’s interest in fully reintegrating people after release from prison. The article describes the types of criminal financial sanctions levied against people as they make their way through the criminal justice system and the child support policies that lead to unrealistic and counterproductive payment obligations.



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