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Lisa Borden Quoted in Associated Press Article on Lawsuit Involving a Private Probation Company

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The Southern Poverty Law Center recently reached a settlement in a lawsuit against the City of Clanton over a contract with a private, for-profit probation company. The suit filed earlier this year in federal court alleged that poor residents were being illegally threatened with jail for failing to pay municipal fines for violations such as a speeding ticket. In this Associated Press article, Lisa Borden, Baker Donelson's Pro Bono Shareholder, said she has dealt with hundreds of people who have faced large fines and jail time as cash-strapped city councils are pressuring municipal courts to bring in additional revenue.

"The thing to me that's so completely wrongheaded is that causing someone to be unable to drive and to be unable to go to work is not a very effective way to help them to be able to pay," Ms. Borden said.

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