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JAILED FOR DEBT
Ohio Supreme Court offers judges fines, fees guidance after ACLU alleged illegal jailing
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Thursday, February 6, 2014 3:02 AM EST
The Ohio Supreme Court is reminding judges that conditions are limited under which they can jail an offender for failure to pay fines.
The report by the Ohio chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union also found judges often deny defendants a hearing to determine if they're financially capable of paying what they owe.
Ohio law permits judges to jail people for refusing to pay fines only if they are financially able to pay and only after a hearing.
Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor of the Ohio Supreme Court said Wednesday she appreciated the ACLU raising the issue.