This piece from the Village Voice tells the story of “Carlos,” a man from Honduras awaiting judgment in his application for asylum. He fled violence and personal threats in his home country but now faces a new enemy-Libre an opportunist firm that pays the bail for immigrants who are awaiting judgment, then puts them on a monitor and charges astronomical daily fees. Though it is oppressive, a contract with Libre offers people like Carlos the only avenue to raise the money for their bail. Ultimately Libre is establishing a new form of debt slavery. With Trump’s immigration policies, business for Libre is likely to be booming. Read the story here.
About the author
James Kilgore is an activist , writer and educator based in Urbana, Illinois. He is a Soros Justice Fellow for 2017-18. His project, Challenging E-Carceration, focuses on electronic monitoring in the criminal legal system.