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(AJC) — Georgia parents incarcerated for failing to pay child support should have attorneys appointed to their cases, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Fulton County Superior court.  The Southern Center of Human Rights said in the suit the state had a system of “debtors prisons” in which parents unable to pay child support are held for weeks, months and years because they have lost their jobs or are disabled and unable to work. “This case is about good, hard-working parents who love their children but are carted off to jail when they fall behind in their child support payments often through no fault of their own,” said attorney Sarah Geraghty.  The lawsuit carries the names of six men but the attorneys are asking for “class action status,” which means it would apply to many more in the same circumstances. The suit asks that the state pay for attorneys for these parents just as they would for anyone charged with a crime and facing jail or prison time.

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