It’s not a Dickens tale, nor a relic of America Before Enlightenment. Nope. It is possible to be put in jail for being too poor to pay municipal, city, etc., fines. And when you’re in jail, you aren’t working to make money to pay off those fines. A fine kettle of fish, eh? The Ohio ACLU hopes to bring this medieval practice to light; how to stop the cycle? Maybe community service?