Stop Putting people in jail for child support. It doesn't solve anything.

Stop Putting people in jail for child support. It doesn't solve anything.

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Deborah Price started this petition to NC Senator Richard Burr and

Men and women are locked up in jail if they can't pay their court ordered child support. Many are disabled, unable to find a job that pays enough to pay the support. Some have backgrounds, things in there past that is still held against them that keeps them from getting a job. So what good does locking them up do? They sure can't pay anything sitting in jail. Our tax dollars paying to feed them and house them. I just don't think that not being able to pay child support  should be punishable by jail time. All that does is puts the burden on their families to come up with money to get them out. The children have to be separated from their parents. It is a lose, lose situation. It shouldn't even be a crime. There are so many situations that cause parents to separate. Then one parent is ordered by the court to pay the other parent, they both made the child, they should both support the child in every way but it shouldn't be something ordered by a court, it shouldn't be a crime at all. Jails and prisons are packed full and they are letting non violent criminals go, such as theft, drugs, etc. But not anyone owing child support, no they have to stay until someone pays. This is a failing system. No one should be locked up for not being able to pay a debt. Those tax dollars could be used to help parents with children that are making poverty level wages.

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