In 2019, people who had touched the criminal justice system in Mississippi held $507 milli...

Mississippians saddled with $507 million in criminal justice debts, preventing future opportunity – Scott County Times

In 2019, people who had touched the criminal justice system in Mississippi held $507 million in debt as a result — more than double the $243 million they owed in 2009, according to a new report by the Hope Policy Institute. While court-ordered financial burdens grow, the minimum wage hasn’t budged and overall inflation-adjusted wages in Mississippi actually dropped in that same timeframe, according to a Mississippi Today analysis. Even many who finish their sentences — often coined their “debt …


 


 

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