Plaintiffs stated judges used some of these funds to pay for private insurance benefits for themselves and their spouses that are not provided by the state.
Many jurisdictions seem not to have gotten the Supreme Court’s memo that people can’t be jailed for unintentionally failing to pay a criminal fine.
While the world slowly bounces back from the Great Recession, the U.S. Department of Justice seems to be encroaching more and more into the daily lives of Americans -- dishing out harsher punishments for behaviors that historically were punishable with no more than a small fine.
Take Linda Bearden, for example. She’s