Butch Hale’s Debtors’ Prison to be Closed?

Milas Butch Hale
Milas Butch Hale

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Butch Hale was routinely jailing¬† litigants who could not pay minor court fines or penalties if their checks bounced. He ran what was called a “hot check scheme” in Butch Hale’s “hot check court.”¬† The ACLU of Arkansas has sued Judge Milas “Butch” Hale, III, his court, the City, the County and the State alleging this scheme amounted to a debtors’ prison which targeted mainly poor litigants because most debtors were jailed without inquiry into their inability to pay or the legitimacy of the debt.

Read the lawsuit below:

ACLU v. Butch Hale Answer of Butch Hale

 

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