The War On Terror Catches & Jails $85 Debtor From 1991

Let me tell you a story. Once upon a time, in 1991 actually, an eighteen-year-old girl attempted to shoplift a pack of cigarettes in Florida. She got caught. She was given some non-penalty as a one-time offender but was supposed to pay $85 for “court costs.” I don’t think shoplifting is right. I’m not a fan of “court costs” over and above criminal penalties, because sometimes the cost is greater than the crime itself. (For example, the Bible would make a person who stole a pack of Read more […]