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Brutal Fees Punish Families Of Prison Inmates

Social Action 2014

How much money do family members have to pay in order to support someone who’s been convicted of a crime and imprisoned. A recent study looked into the costs of having an imprisoned family member, and the numbers are pretty grim. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian (The Point), hosts of the The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

“Entitled Who Pays? The True Cost of Incarceration on Families, the study is based on in-depth interviews with nearly 1,500 formerly incarcerated people, their family members, and employers.

“What we found is something we already knew, that individuals with convictions are saddled with an insane amount of fees, and it is largely family members who are responsible for these costs, attorney fees, bail, fines from court, putting money on their commissary, paying healthcare co-pays, and everything associated with release,” Alicia Walters of Forward…

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Modern slavery in France: The harsh reality that’s ignored

Modern slavery in France: The harsh reality that's ignored

Forced prostitution is just one form of modern day slavery, the report says. Photo: AFP

Modern slavery in France: The harsh reality that’s ignored

The Local · 10 Mar 2016, 16:13


Published: 10 Mar 2016 16:13 GMT+01:00
Updated: 10 Mar 2016 16:13 GMT+01:00

Human rights chiefs in France have told authorities they must do more to prevent people from being forced to live as “modern day slaves”.

France has come under fire for not devoting enough resources to the fight against modern slavery, in a report published on Thursday by the CNCDH (France’s National Commission for Human Rights), 

Not enough people are aware of the scale of modern day slavery in France, the report concluded, adding that many think it relates only to prostitution.

“Human slavery in France is a little known reality,” the commission stated, adding that although sexual exploitation forms a “significant part” of the modern slave trade, it also encompasses domestic slavery, sweatshop workers, and minors who forced to work as beggars and thieves to help criminal organizations….