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A 55-year-old Pennsylvania mother of seven, sentenced to serve two days in jail because her children were absent too much from school and she couldn’t pay some $2,000 in truancy fines, was found dead in her cell.

The Associated Press reported that District Judge Dean R. Patton, who sent her to prison reluctantly, blamed a judicial system that imprisons poor people who can’t pay fines for minor offensives such as truancy fines. He said:

“This lady didn’t need to be there. We don’t do debtors prisons anymore. That went out 100 years ago.”

It hasn’t gone out in Pennsylvania.

The dead woman was identified as Eileen DiNino, of Reading, who went to jail to wipe clean some $2,000 in fines and court costs imposed on her since 1999 because a number of her children were absent too much from school in Reading and Muhlenberg townships.

The AP reported that more than 1,600 people have been jailed in Berks County over school truancy fines since 2000.

I really hate my state, and truancy fines are completely unproductive and like the article said, it sends people to prison for debt. My parents actually got a few fines because I didn’t want to go to school because of constant racial abuse, that more than likely would have made me end my life if I wasn’t able to escape it by staying home.

Putting this woman in jail in no way served any sort of rehabilitation. Is it really that hard to look into why the kids were missing so much school instead of fining and essentially killing a woman? Apparently so.

People should not be going to jail for things like this. I’m disgusted.

the fuck.

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