The Outskirts of Hope: How Ohio’s Debtors’ Prisons Are Ruining Lives and Costing Communities

This report from the American Civil Liberties Union documents the incarceration of Ohio residents for failure to pay court fines and costs without hearings on their ability to pay. It advocates that the state Supreme Court institute administrative rules to ensure that courts properly determine through hearings that individuals can afford criminal fines and are willfully failing to do so before incarcerating them.

The Outskirts of Hope: How Ohio’s Debtors’ Prisons Are Ruining Lives and Costing Communities