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Pennsylvania mom of 7 dies in jail over unpaid school-related fines
EAG News ^ | 06/13/2014 | Ben Velderman

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 don’t 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 it’s 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 debtor’s prisons from the nation’s Colonial days.

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TOPICS: Education
KEYWORDS: debtorsprison; schoolfines; truancy
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1 posted on 06/13/2014 8:39:25 AM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: Rusty0604

The GESTAPO MUST BE STOPPED!!!


2 posted on 06/13/2014 8:42:47 AM PDT by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: G Larry

So, what do you suggest? That all laws be “suggestions?”


3 posted on 06/13/2014 8:44:32 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: fwdude

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,


4 posted on 06/13/2014 8:45:59 AM PDT by NorthMountain
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To: Rusty0604

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".

5 posted on 06/13/2014 8:46:02 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: Rusty0604
Authorities don’t know the cause of death yet, they have ruled out suspicious behavior.

scuse me, what!?

6 posted on 06/13/2014 8:46:17 AM PDT by uncitizen
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To: fwdude

How about no one can be jailed for truancy. Fines yes. Locked up no.


7 posted on 06/13/2014 8:46:42 AM PDT by 4yearlurker (Some people say that experts agree!!)
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To: Rusty0604

When do “debtors prisons” make a comeback?


8 posted on 06/13/2014 8:47:03 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2Million USD for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: PapaBear3625

I agree with you.


9 posted on 06/13/2014 8:47:15 AM PDT by katnip (Don't you just hate skanks who swindle their mothers out of their life savings?)
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To: Rusty0604
Americans of all political stripes are denouncing the practice and likening it to the debtor’s prisons from the nation’s Colonial days.

and yet, these Americans continue to send their children to government school... 180 days a year for 13 years...

10 posted on 06/13/2014 8:47:19 AM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: Rusty0604

Well,her heirs have certainly won the lottery.


11 posted on 06/13/2014 8:47:38 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Rat Party Policy:Lie,Deny,Refuse To Comply)
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To: Rusty0604

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!


12 posted on 06/13/2014 8:47:54 AM PDT by 3D-JOY
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To: Rusty0604
In our village idiot's (Bob Carey Jr.) hometown of Scranton, we had a major scandal which broke the year or so before Jerry Sandusky kicked it off the front page: a Democrat judge was sending kids to juvenile detention for bullsh*t petty charges like this.

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.

13 posted on 06/13/2014 8:47:55 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Rusty0604

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?


14 posted on 06/13/2014 8:47:58 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: fwdude
So, what do you suggest? That all laws be “suggestions?”

No, my suggestion would be that government not institute such stupid, oppressive? unproductive laws in the first place.

15 posted on 06/13/2014 8:48:57 AM PDT by ottbmare (the OTTB mare, now a proud Marine Mom)
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To: Rusty0604

“the debtor’s prisons from the nation’s Colonial days”

Today, you can not go to jail for any debt EXCEPT OF COURSE IF YOU OWE IT TO THE GOVERNMENT.


16 posted on 06/13/2014 8:49:15 AM PDT by staytrue
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To: 4yearlurker
How about no one can be jailed for truancy. Fines yes. Locked up no.

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.

17 posted on 06/13/2014 8:49:45 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: Rusty0604
"DiNino had no ability to pay her $2,000 fine. She was reportedly unemployed, on welfare, and completely overwhelmed by her [SEVEN] children."

What?!? Had she claimed immaculate conception for the seven children, or was the court not able to find the children's father(s)?

18 posted on 06/13/2014 8:50:20 AM PDT by Carl Vehse
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To: fwdude

Garnish wages. Sheriffs sale?


19 posted on 06/13/2014 8:50:56 AM PDT by 4yearlurker (Some people say that experts agree!!)
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To: Rusty0604
Authorities don’t know the cause of death yet, they have ruled out suspicious behavior.

If authorities don't know the cause of death, then how can they rule out suspicious behaviour???

20 posted on 06/13/2014 8:51:09 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: ottbmare
No, my suggestion would be that government not institute such stupid, oppressive? unproductive laws in the first place.

So, no more requirement that all children be educated, either by schools or by parents? Is that what you're saying?

21 posted on 06/13/2014 8:51:21 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: Vigilanteman

Michael Moore actually featured this in “Capitalism, a Love Story”

Of course his spin was “capitalism is bad and thou shalt not privatize prisons”

My spin is there should be a check and balance on the govt. specifically, the judiciary.


22 posted on 06/13/2014 8:51:29 AM PDT by staytrue
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To: 4yearlurker

So what do you suggest we do when people don’t pay the fines? Fine ‘em again?


23 posted on 06/13/2014 8:51:30 AM PDT by Sherman Logan (Perception wins all the battles. Reality wins all the wars.)
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To: 4yearlurker

“How about no one can be jailed for truancy. Fines yes. Locked up no.”

Ultimately the threat behind every fine is prison.

One wonders what the little darlings were doing instead of going to school.


24 posted on 06/13/2014 8:52:02 AM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: 4yearlurker
Fines yes. Locked up no.

Why bother with the fines if you aren't going to enforce them? They tried fines with this woman. She thumbed her nose at them. You'd just say 'OK' at that point?

25 posted on 06/13/2014 8:52:20 AM PDT by PAR35
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To: Rusty0604

I’m glad we send my daughter to private school. She misses numerous days each year due to sickness yet still maintains the highest average in her grade. In public school this would count for nothing because the school gets paid per student-day.


26 posted on 06/13/2014 8:53:23 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
When do “debtors prisons” make a comeback?

I would welcome these. People who willingly enter into a contract and then refuse to abide by it SHOULD pay a penalty. It has become far too easy to just shirk off a debt obligation. That is one of the reasons we are such a society in which we find ourselves.

And you probably don't realize that the original "debtors prisons" was more like house arrest, where you were still allowed to interact with family. Dicken's father was one such example.

27 posted on 06/13/2014 8:53:56 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: Carl Vehse

‘Immaculate conception’ has is not about conceiving babies, it means born without original sin.


28 posted on 06/13/2014 8:54:56 AM PDT by ex-snook (God forgives and forgets.)
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To: 4yearlurker

The court costs were higher than the fines, and jail is for those that are unable to pay. I thought court costs were paid with taxes.


29 posted on 06/13/2014 8:55:19 AM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: 4yearlurker
Garnish wages. Sheriffs sale?

That would be a viable alternative. But then you'd have the screeching from those property rights stalwarts who say that the government can't seize property. It would just be "another form of tyranny."

And I would be one of those.

30 posted on 06/13/2014 8:56:07 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: fwdude

“So, what do you suggest? That all laws be “suggestions?””

I don’t have a suggestion, but we are living in a vampire state that sucks money out of us. The cost of speeding tickets keeps climbing and they’ve lowered the trip point at which they right them to 7mph over the limit. This lady is facing the same thing. If the kids don’t show the school loses money, so they’re replacing it with fines. Probably she had no control over the kids. Two thousand dollars is more than most people, especially with seven kids, have in the bank. Seventy-five percent of wage earners are living paycheck to paycheck.

My first suggestion is to cut down the size of the vampire. We have way too many government employees. It’s not only their wages today but all the retired people and all the benefits and future retirees. We simply can’t afford such a large government (at all levels.)


31 posted on 06/13/2014 8:56:07 AM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: uncitizen
"Authorities don’t know the cause of death yet, they have ruled out suspicious behavior." scuse me, what!?

Translation: they didn't see any obvious stab marks or bruises. Doesn't prove that somebody didn't suffocate her with a pillow.

32 posted on 06/13/2014 8:56:36 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: PAR35
My My...lots of folks on this thread want to lock ‘em up. How many of you have spent time in the can? Sheesh..If they work...garnish wages. If on Welfare take it out of her monthly check. If they own property sheriffs sale. If not jail them and let them die.
33 posted on 06/13/2014 8:56:38 AM PDT by 4yearlurker (Some people say that experts agree!!)
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To: 3D-JOY

Like the IRS, they probably wait for penalties and interest pile up before taking action.


34 posted on 06/13/2014 8:56:51 AM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: fwdude

For the most part, debtor prisons have been eliminated from our legal system.

First of all, this woman has zero chance of making money to pay these fines, while sitting in a jail cell. And, some jails actually charge you - so she may even get a bill for her 48 hour stay.

There are other ways to collect a debt in our society - garnishing wages for example. And, since this was a government fine, there is a chance of intercepting tax refunds, etc.

And there is good ole property seizure - a court can order her possessions be sold off to pay the debt.

Some of these are heavy handed, and I don’t necessarily endorse...but they are examples of other ways to collect on a bill.

Specifically dealing with truancy...perhaps a forgiveness program if the kid attends summer school to make up for lost time, or something like that?

Frankly, when they start locking up parents, it looks like nothing more than a money making scheme.


35 posted on 06/13/2014 8:57:44 AM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: uncitizen

There is the possibility of unknown medical causes.


36 posted on 06/13/2014 8:58:31 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: PapaBear3625

No, I don’t think her death was of “natural causes”. ...I live here and figure it was from lack of legal medications she was not available to. However, a person who can’t control her own spawn and can’t get the father(s) to help control them shouldn’t be lauded as a victim.


37 posted on 06/13/2014 8:59:17 AM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: lacrew

How about community service..house arrest. I can’t believe all the tough guys on this thread who want to lock this woman up.


38 posted on 06/13/2014 8:59:21 AM PDT by 4yearlurker (Some people say that experts agree!!)
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To: Sherman Logan
So what do you suggest we do when people don’t pay the fines? Fine ‘em again?

Since the fines were due to the kids' behavior, how about you punish the truant kids instead?

39 posted on 06/13/2014 8:59:41 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: Rusty0604
Sorry, but there must be enforcement action with teeth if ANY laws are going to mean anything, particularly good laws.

If theft under $20 is a misdemeanor, a citation, basically, then what happens when the offender, who is caught red-handed, ignores court orders to pay the fine, refuses to come to court when summoned, and consequently racks up other contempt charges? Call him a 'bad boy' and make it all good?

40 posted on 06/13/2014 9:00:35 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: Vigilanteman

I saw that on TV; outrageous!

The schools don’t get their funding if kids aren’t present so that is the reason they fine and put people in jail. It’s all about the money, not the kids.


41 posted on 06/13/2014 9:00:48 AM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: fwdude

The only reason the schools care about attendance is they want to get their full funding.


42 posted on 06/13/2014 9:01:45 AM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: PapaBear3625

By fining them? What do you then do when they don’t pay the fines?


43 posted on 06/13/2014 9:02:20 AM PDT by Sherman Logan (Perception wins all the battles. Reality wins all the wars.)
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To: Rusty0604

I could be wrong but I believe another article I read stated that she was asked to produce evidence that she couldn’t pay it to court but she didn’t.
This article does not address that if it’s true.


44 posted on 06/13/2014 9:02:25 AM PDT by HangingTuff
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To: 4yearlurker

There should be a way for an economically disadvantaged individual to work off the fees. Cut the school,lawn, or something.


45 posted on 06/13/2014 9:03:19 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: Rusty0604
I am sure you are right!

Fifteen years of truancy is the time covering several children through their total school years. No one ever knew this family needed help? Maybe they did, nothing helped...State, church, family ?? Everything failed this woman...

46 posted on 06/13/2014 9:03:49 AM PDT by 3D-JOY
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To: PapaBear3625
Since the fines were due to the kids' behavior, how about you punish the truant kids instead?

Don't us conservatives insist that that should be the PARENTS' job?

Perhaps since she isn't a fit parent, the kids should be removed to foster care. But then, there'd be screeching from that action.

If fact, there'd be screeching about ANY action taken.

I guess we should just leave unfit parents in charge of children to do with as they will.

47 posted on 06/13/2014 9:04:35 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: Jonty30

Finally some logic here. All the “lock her up” tough guys would probably suck their thumbs like little babies if thrown in jail.


48 posted on 06/13/2014 9:04:41 AM PDT by 4yearlurker (Some people say that experts agree!!)
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To: Rusty0604

BINGO!!! You win the prize for the day!


49 posted on 06/13/2014 9:04:57 AM PDT by 3D-JOY
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To: Jonty30

this 55 yo woman died her second day in jail, where she was because the govt put her there. To me, THAT is suspicious and coincidentally dying suddenly just doesn’t seem as likely.


50 posted on 06/13/2014 9:05:37 AM PDT by uncitizen
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