Skip to comments.Pennsylvania mom of 7 dies in jail over unpaid school-related fines
Posted on 06/13/2014 8:39:25 AM PDT by Rusty0604
PHILADELPHIA A growing number of Americans are expressing outrage that a Pennsylvania mother of seven died in jail last weekend while serving a 48-hour sentence over unpaid, school truancy-related fines.
DiNinoEileen DiNino, 55, was found dead last Saturday in her jail cell. Authorities dont know the cause of death yet, they have ruled out suspicious behavior.
DiNino was being penalized because several of her children routinely missed school. According to the Associated Press, She had racked up $2,000 in fines, fees and court costs since 1999...
The fines related to school truancy are quite small perhaps $20 but its the court-related costs that are most expensive, sometimes reaching $150. Such costs add up quickly and make it nigh impossible for low-income parents to pay.
In the county where DiNino lived, roughly 110 parents of truant students are jailed every year.
Americans of all political stripes are denouncing the practice and likening it to the debtors prisons from the nations Colonial days.
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The GESTAPO MUST BE STOPPED!!!
So, what do you suggest? That all laws be “suggestions?”
I suggest that government schools be abolished and the buildings razed to the ground.
Education is far too important to be entrusted to the State,
Put a middle-age white woman in prison over unpaid fines. What could possibly go wrong?
No, I don't think her death was of "natural causes".
scuse me, what!?
How about no one can be jailed for truancy. Fines yes. Locked up no.
When do “debtors prisons” make a comeback?
I agree with you.
and yet, these Americans continue to send their children to government school... 180 days a year for 13 years...
Well,her heirs have certainly won the lottery.
I am sorry that an event like this is necessary to force a study of social not criminal actions.
Since 1999...15 years? There is something much greater going on in this event and family!
It turned out that he was being paid handsomely by the jail contractor (surprise! Another well-connected Democrat) who wanted to keep his detention facilities full so he could maximize the $300 plus per kid per day charge which was billed to the local county.
Given that this is Philadelphia, a city which makes even the sewage pond of Scranton look relatively clean, I've got to wonder if something similar is in play here.
May she R.I.P.
If no one could come forward to help her with her children’s truancy fines, I wonder who will pay her burial expenses (which are huge anyplace in this country)? And who will raise her children?
No, my suggestion would be that government not institute such stupid, oppressive? unproductive laws in the first place.
“the debtors prisons from the nations Colonial days”
Today, you can not go to jail for any debt EXCEPT OF COURSE IF YOU OWE IT TO THE GOVERNMENT.
You apparently didn't read the article. She had racked up fines. What if the offender never pays the fines?
Are the authorities just going to keep asking "pretty please?" in perpetuity? Stupid.
What?!? Had she claimed immaculate conception for the seven children, or was the court not able to find the children's father(s)?
Garnish wages. Sheriffs sale?
If authorities don't know the cause of death, then how can they rule out suspicious behaviour???
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