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Deadly New Debtor’s Prisons: Pennsylvania Mother Dies in Jail for Truancy Fines

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Daily Kos[1] / ByLaura Clawson[2]

 

Deadly New Debtor’s Prisons: Pennsylvania Mother Dies in Jail for Truancy Fines


If you thought debtors prison was something straight out of Charles Dickens—and something long ago left behind us—think again. Debtors prison is becoming very much a part of the American prison-industrial complex[3], and on Saturday, a Pennsylvania mother of seven died there[4]:

Eileen DiNino, 55, of Reading, was found dead in a jail cell Saturday, halfway through a 48-hour sentence that would have erased about $2,000 in fines and court costs. The debt had accrued since 1999, and involved several of her seven children, most recently her boys at a vocational high school.”Did something happen? Was she scared to death?” said District Judge Dean R. Patton, who reluctantly sent DiNino to the Berks County jail Friday after she failed to pay…

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