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Woman Dies in Jail Because She Failed to Pay a Fine—For Her Child’s Truancy From School

June 11, 2014 by Brian Doherty

Some monstrous policy out of Pennsylvania, from Associated Press via the Pottstown Mercury News, a land where there is no such thing as debtors prison for the poor unless that debt is to the government, that institution that only monsters question because after all it’s there to help the poor:

Hundreds of parents, some impoverished and overwhelmed, have been jailed in Pennsylvania for failing to pay court fines that arise from truancy hearings after their children skip school, creating what some call a “debtor’s prison” for people like Eileen DiNino.

DiNino, 55, of Reading, was found dead in a jail cell Saturday morning, hours after she surrendered to serve a 48-hour sentence.

She had racked up $2,000 in fines, fees and court costs since 1999 as the Reading School District tried to keep her children in class, most recently at a vocational high school.

Died alone in prison. Over truancy.

read full article: Woman Dies in Jail Because She Failed to Pay a Fine—For Her Child’s Truancy From School

bureaucracy, education, government, nanny state, oppression, public policy, tragedy, unintended consequences

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