Court Updates Michigan Rules To Curb Pay-Or-Stay SentencesThere's no dispute that sending someone to jail without checking ability to pay is unconstitutional. Nonetheless, it still has occurred in courts around the state.
Dispute Ends Over Detroit-Area Judge's Pay-Or-Stay SentencesA judge accused of sending poor people to jail if they couldn't immediately pay fines has agreed to end so-called pay-or-stay sentences after a challenge from the American Civil Liberties Union.
Lawyer: Judge No Longer Ordering 'Pay-Or-Stay' SentencesAn attorney for Judge Gerds acknowledged that the judge has made mistakes.
ACLU Seeks Order Banning 'Pay Or Stay' Sentences In Detroit AreaThe ALCU said the judge created "a two-tier system of justice: persons of means pay money and remain free, whereas poor people who are unable to pay go to jail."