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Civil Procedure Keyed to Babcock
Jenkins v. The City of Jennings
Citation:Jenkins v. The City of Jennings, 4:15-cv-00252, Filed February 8, 2018 United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
Plaintiffs, impoverished people, sue Defendant, City of Jennings, for violating a number of their constitutional rights, including their right to Due Process guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment. The City had a practice of arresting and jailing people that failed to pay traffic tickets and other minor violations. The impoverished people were not given counsel or an opportunity to be heard. They were told that despite their inability to pay that they would be detained indefinitely until they paid off their fines. Their bail amount changed daily and usually decreased the longer they were incarcerated. The city held a “confined docket” every week where some incarcerated people were brought before city clerks, the city prosecutor, and the city judge. The incarcerated people still were not given counsel or informed of their rights, instead they were again told they would be jailed indefinitely until they paid a certain amount of their debts off.
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