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Lawsuit Challenges El Paso's De Facto Debtor Prison

This mural is inside the Texas Civil Right Project's office in El Paso, Texas. The mural recalls notable figures who symbolize the struggle for economic, political and social equality.
(Photo/Lorne Matalon)
This mural is inside the Texas Civil Right Project's office in El Paso, Texas. The mural recalls notable figures who symbolize the struggle for economic, political and social equality. (Photo/Lorne Matalon)

The border city of El Paso, Texas has a policy that allows the city to jail people who cannot pay their traffic fines. Now a lawsuit filed in federal court is challenging the practice, saying it violates citizens’ constitutional right of equal protection under the law. Lorne Matalon from Fronteras: The Changing Americas Desk at Marfa Public Radio reports.

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