Prof. Michael Tonry offers 10 practical steps for combatting mass incarceration.
Texas is special. The relationship between its prosecutors and political pressure and money is also special. Recently Appleseed uncovered yet another illegal string connecting them all: payday lenders report to the prosecutors and tell debtors that if they don’t pay up, they face jail time. That’s a lie. Debt is a civil issue, not criminal. The real criminals here are the payday lenders–and the prosecutors who go along with the illegal coercion.