Colorado Rights Blog

John Krieger By: John Krieger 6.12.2014

Colbert Report Takes on Debtors’ Prisons

Did you catch Stephen Colbert’s “debt or prison” segment last night on The Colbert Report? Stephen runs through the sadly comical ways in which being a prisoner and being a debtor are converging and starting to blur in our prisons and justice system.

Here in Colorado, we struck a major blow against debtors’ prisons in the 2014 legislative session by passing HB 1061, a bill prohibiting local courts from jailing people who cannot afford to pay fines and fees. https://aclu-co.org/blog/gov-signs-debtors-prison-ban-law/

Watch the full “Colbert Report” clip below. Then check out our End Debtors’ Prisons campaign page at: https://aclu-co.org/campaigns/end-debtors-prisons/

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