- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The city of Montgomery is settling lawsuits that accuse it of wrongfully jailing people who can’t pay fines.

The Southern Poverty Law Center represents two people involved in the suits and calls the agreement a victory for low-income residents.

The settlement results from lawsuits filed by people who were jailed for accumulating thousands of dollars of unpaid court fines and fees. The suit claims the practice of jailing debtors violates a past Supreme Court ruling.

The Montgomery Advertiser (https://on.mgmadv.com/1zE0uuB ) reports that court documents show the city will review all cases and follow Supreme Court decisions on the issue.

Poor people will have the option of paying $25 a month or performing community service work.

A federal judge still must approve the settlement.


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