Sherwood, Arkansas:Judge Sends Cancer Patient to Prison Over Unpaid Bills, Report Says
Judge Milas “Butch” Hale sentenced Lee Robertson to 90 days in jail for owing the court $3,054.51 and a lawsuit has been filed against Hale for creating a debtors prison, The Huffington Post reported.
“People are doomed for failure when they appear before the court, and most significantly trapped in this never-ending cycle of expanding debt,” said president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Kristen Clarke. “With the resurgence of debtors’ prisons, we will continue to see people cycle in and our of jails and prisons across our country merely because of their inability to pay fines and fees tied to low-level, nonviolent offenses.”
Sherwood has raised over $2.3 million solely from fines and forfeitures collected from Hale’s court, which comprises of 12% of the city’s budget.