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Modern-Day Debtors' Prisons

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Nusrat Choudhury, Deputy Director, ACLU Racial Justice Program, will discuss modern-day debtors' prisons. The ACLU is fighting against the punishment of people who cannot pay money to courts simply because of their poverty, through arrest, jailing, driver's license suspensions, etc. Since courts generate revenue for local governments, these practices funnel poor and low-income people into cycles of debt, poverty, and involvement with the legal system. The program will be moderated by Jayne Huckerby, Clinical Professor of Law and Director of Duke's International Human Rights Clinic (IHRC). This Human Rights in Practice event is organized by the IHRC and the Center for International and Comparative Law. Co-sponsored by Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, Human Rights Law Society and International Law Society. The event is open to all; lunch provided. For more information, please contact Balfour Smith at