Missouri News: Attorney General Eric Schmitt Praises Missouri Supreme Court’s Ruling Against Modern Day “Debtors’ Prisons”
Jefferson City, MO (STL.News) – Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt praised the Supreme Court of Missouri’s ruling against so-called Debtors’ Prisons in the State of Missouri v. George Richey. Attorney General Schmitt filed an amicus brief in this case on January 7th, arguing that no Missouri statute provides clear authority to consider jail debts as court costs. The Supreme Court of Missouri handed down their decision this afternoon, delivered by Judge Mary Russell.
“Missourians shouldn’t be forced into a cycle of incarceration and used as an ATM simply for being unable to pay jail debts, and classifying jail debts, or board bills, as court costs continues that cycle,” said AG Schmitt.