Are there no prisons?" asked Scrooge. ... "And the Union workhouses?" demanded
Scrooge. "Are they still in operation?"
Do you wonder why our jails are crowded?
A Georgia woman was jailed for 14 months because she was unable to pay her $700 fine.
She served the sentence at Atlanta's Gateway Diversion Center, a halfway houseThe story goes on...
that allows its inmates out on day-release to work as long as they pay room and
board. Hurley, 45, worked at a restaurant earning $700 a month and was
supposed to pay the fine with that money, according to a petition filed this
week. But monthly bills including a $600 payment to the center and $52 for
transportation left her with only $23.22, out of which she also had to buy soap,
toothpaste and other items.
Hurley said she paid $7,643 in all but nobody explained why so little of that
money went toward paying off the debt.