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[90WashLRev1349] Towards an Institutional Challenge of Imprisonment for Legal Financial Obligation Nonpayment in Washington State

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dc.contributor.author King, Devon
dc.date.accessioned 2015-11-16T17:46:58Z
dc.date.available 2015-11-16T17:46:58Z
dc.date.issued 2015-11
dc.identifier.citation 90 Wash. L. Rev. 1349 (2015) en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0043-0617
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1773.1/1487
dc.description Volume 90, Number 3, October 2015 en_US
dc.description.abstract Abstract: Imprisonment for debt is resurfacing in the United States, primarily in the form of contempt proceedings for failure to pay court judgments. Although Washington’s Constitution prohibits imprisonment for debt, the State repeatedly jails individuals for failing to pay legal financial obligations. This Comment explores the adverse consequences of this de facto debtors’ prison system, describes the strong prohibition on imprisonment for debt found in article I, section 17 of the Washington Constitution, and argues that imprisonment for failing to pay legal financial obligations violates that strong prohibition. It then discusses how case law has degraded article I, section 17, making systemic constitutional challenges to the practice impractical. This Comment attempts to provide litigants with a comprehensive overview of strategies that can be used to challenge the current jurisprudence and the validity of imprisoning individuals for failing to pay legal financial obligations. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Seattle: Washington Law Review, University of Washington School of Law en_US
dc.subject Notes & Comments en_US
dc.title [90WashLRev1349] Towards an Institutional Challenge of Imprisonment for Legal Financial Obligation Nonpayment in Washington State en_US
dc.title.alternative Towards an Institutional Challenge of Imprisonment for Legal Financial Obligation Nonpayment in Washington State en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.rights.holder Copyright 2015 by Washington Law Review Association. en_US


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