Cash Bail

Filed - December 6, 2017

Brown v. Corinth


The MacArthur Justice Center, in partnership with the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), filed a federal class action lawsuit targeting the City of Corinth, Mississippi for operating a modern-day debtors’ prison, unlawfully jailing poor people for their inability to pay bail and fines.

As a result of the settlement reached on April 26, 2018, the city of Corinth will ensure that defendants arrested without a warrant see a judge within 48 hours, will stop jailing defendants who cannot afford to pay a fine or money bail, will release most people on their own recognizance following arrest, and will allow defendants who are unable to pay their fine in full to choose between a $25 monthly payment plan and community service.

The court will also appoint a public defender to represent any defendant at a show-cause hearing prior to any contempt finding for failing to appear or pay.