The Ohio chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) hopes its research into suspected "debtors' prison practices" -- which is believed to be statewide -- will allow courts to "take this opportunity to enact reform and put an end" to the problem.
The results of an investigation by the ACLU charges Huron County, specifically Norwalk Municipal Court, with being one of 11 counties that jails people for being too poor to pay their legal fines.
"We will be sharing this information with the chief justice of the Ohio Supreme Court, who has expressed interest in meeting to discuss this issue. We are scheduled to meet on Thursday, April 18, 2013," said Jocelyn Rosnick, an ACLU policy researcher and post-graduate legal fellow.
The ACLU investigation looked at Huron County bookings from May through the end of October 2012. "Over a six-month period, approximately 22 percent of the total bookings in the Huron County Jail were related to warrants issued for contempt for failure to pay fines," Rosnick said.
A story about this subject, including the responses of local officials, was published in Friday's Norwalk Reflector. So you don't miss stories such as this one, sign up for home delivery by calling 419-668-3771 or subscribe to the e-paper (a complete digital replica of each issue) for less than $1 per week and read the full-version of the stories online.