By C.J. Masimore, originally posted at the Center for Faith and Work.

This morning I went to one of my least favorite places: Family Court. I was there to argue a motion on behalf of my client, who—because of a lifetime of little opportunity, poor choices, and a broken justice system—was wrongfully saddled with a money judgment of more than $40,000. Not only was the judgment faulty, my client also has no high school degree and works part-time as a janitor. He diligently looks for full-time, and better-paying, work (and is studying for his GED). But until he finds that fabled job, he barely makes more than the poverty line. A $40,000 debt might as well be a $40,000,000 debt. To boot, he has a criminal record and is a minority, which basically means his chances of getting a better paying job are slim to none.

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