Jail for the inability to pay a fine needs to be prohibited outright. If the debt is actually collectable then plenty of civil redress exists and always has. If not, then get over it and carry on. Inability to honor obligations already punishes enough.
There will be a backlash and a response.
Underwood found herself in the back room after pleading guilty to a traffic violation on April 24, 2014. The father of her two youngest children was there too, for he also owed money to the court. Both were arrested and jailed for failing to pay fines and fees amounting to a combined $650. It was their son's second birthday and no one was around to watch the kids, so Underwood became desperate. Luckily, her ex-husband lent them the money, and they were released later that day.
In Alexander City, for example, Black people make up about one-third of the population and white people make up about two-thirds, but two-thirds of the people arrested over the past two years were Black, according to data compiled by the SPLC. Black people in Alexander City are twice as likely to be jailed for nonpayment even though they make up half of the white population.