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???
So, no more requirement that all children be educated, either by schools or by parents? Is that what you're saying?
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.
So what do you suggest we do when people don’t pay the fines? Fine ‘em again?
“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.
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?
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.
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.
‘Immaculate conception’ has is not about conceiving babies, it means born without original sin.
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.
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.
“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.)
Translation: they didn't see any obvious stab marks or bruises. Doesn't prove that somebody didn't suffocate her with a pillow.
Like the IRS, they probably wait for penalties and interest pile up before taking action.
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.
There is the possibility of unknown medical causes.
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.
How about community service..house arrest. I can’t believe all the tough guys on this thread who want to lock this woman up.
Since the fines were due to the kids' behavior, how about you punish the truant kids instead?
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?
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.
The only reason the schools care about attendance is they want to get their full funding.
By fining them? What do you then do when they don’t pay the fines?
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.
There should be a way for an economically disadvantaged individual to work off the fees. Cut the school,lawn, or something.
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...
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.
Finally some logic here. All the “lock her up” tough guys would probably suck their thumbs like little babies if thrown in jail.
BINGO!!! You win the prize for the day!
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.