When Falling Behind on Rent Leads to Jail Time

Investigative, News Story (Arkansas)

October 26, 2020
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Tags: Coronavirus, COVID-19, Housing: Eviction

Organizations mentioned/involved: Center for Arkansas Legal Services (CALS) (Little Rock)


Even during the pandemic, and despite the CDC moratorium on COVID-related evictions, evictions in Arkansas can snowball from criminal charges to arrests to jail time because of a 119-year-old law that mostly impacts female, Black and low-income renters. Even prosecutors have called it unconstitutional.