Story Highlights One Man's Struggle to Stay Out of Jail Over Probation Fees

A recent piece in the Daily News Journal highlights a Murfreesboro man’s struggle to remain free from incarceration because of his inability to pay probation fees. Marques Martin filed a pro se federal lawsuit maintaining that Rutherford County and private, contracted probation company PCC, kept him in a cycle tantamount to a debtor’s prison, resulting in the loss of “family, homes and cars” and causing him to rack up $60,000 in child support arrearages. PCC was previously party to a class action lawsuit in 2015, leading the company to reach a $14.3 million settlement with approximately 29,000 persons over similar allegations.

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