A handful of unpaid traffic tickets landed four residents of Montgomery, AL in jail, where they were told to work off their debt by scrubbing floors and serving food, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court Tuesday.
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For those who can afford it, many misdemeanor violations and traffic violations are punished with a fine that can be paid the very same day. But for those who can’t, those same offenses may become subject to a punishment much more menacing.
A lawsuit that initially exposed chronic under-staffing by Corrections Corporation of America depicted violence -- unchecked by an adequate presence of guards and other staff -- as so rampant at Idaho Correctional Center that it was known by its inmates as "gladiator school."