Debtors Prison

Posted May 17, 2015 by H. B. Henderson
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Contrary to what many people may believe, there are debtors’ prisons throughout the United States where people are imprisoned because they are too poor to pay fines and fees.

The United States Supreme Court inBearden v. Georgia, 461 U.S. 660 (1983), held that courts cannot imprison a person for failure to pay a criminal fine unless the failure to pay was “willful.” However, this constitutionaledictis often ignored.

Courts impose substantial fines as punishment for petty crimes as well as more serious ones. Besides the fines, the courts are assessing more and more fees to help meet the costs of the ever-increasing size of the criminal justice system: fees for anklebraceletsfor monitoring; anger management classes; drug tests, crime victims’ funds, crime laboratories, court clerks, legal representation, various retirement funds, and private probation companies that do nothing more than collect a checkeverymonth.

People who cannot afford the total amount assessed may be allowed to pay in monthly installments, but in many jurisdictions those paymentsareaccompanied by fees to a private probation company that collects them. A typical fee is $40 per month. People who lose their jobs or encounter unexpected family hardships and are unable to maintain payments may be jailed without any inquiry into their ability to pay.

There are more fees for those in jails or prisons. There are high costs for telephone calls.Inmatesare charged fees for medical services. A new trend is “room and board” fees in prisons and jails.

Why the NFL Suddenly Wants to Pay Taxes

Posted April 29, 2015 by H. B. Henderson
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The NFL announced Tuesday that it’s voluntarily relinquishing its tax-exempt status. Here’s what you need to know about the move.

Why in the world would the NFL volunteer to pay taxes?

Basically, the economic value of the exemption wasn’t worth the political and PR headaches that it created. In a memo to the league’s teams and members of Congress, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell called the tax-exemption a “distraction,” and said it has “been mischaracterized repeatedly in recent years.”

Is there truth to this?

Yes. Political threats to revoke the tax-exemption of pro sports organizations hold populist appeal. After all, how can commercial outfits that sell expensive tickets and generate millions of dollars for owners and players be considered non-profit organizations – and thus exempt from paying taxes? The NFL is no charity.

In 2013, Sen. Tom Coburn (R) of Oklahoma introduced legislation that would prohibit the NFL and other pro…

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Technology Trends

Posted March 21, 2015 by H. B. Henderson
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It can be difficult to pinpoint which trends will rise above and which will stagger in the hardware evolution. Mobile may now be king — and might never give up that throne again — but powerful, widescreen hardware is still a necessity in most enterprise scenarios. On the innovation front, there are signs that we are finally inched toward Hardware as a Service and the groundbreaking development revolution that will come from it. We’re already seeing the signs: Virtual reality will soon envelop multiple senses thanks to the FeelReal mask, and Wi-Charge could replace all of your charging cables with a simple device adapter.
The PC may never see another spike in sales, but against all odds, it’s far from dead. Desktops and laptops are the workhorse machines most businesses need to effectively work through complicated tasks. Mobile is great, and its meteoric rise will surely continue, but the need for large screens and keyboards won’t dry up any time