Ex-Inmates Seek Cert In Debit Card Fees Fight

By Rachel O'Brien (October 1, 2020, 5:25 PM EDT) -- A group of former inmates asked an Oregon federal judge on Wednesday to certify them as a class in a suit claiming detention industry contractor Numi Financial's "fee-laden" pre-paid debit cards violate the Fifth Amendment and the Electronic Fund Transfer Act.

Danica Love Brown, who filed the putative class action in 2015, is seeking to represent a nationwide class of former inmates who were charged fees for using the pre-paid debit cards to access funds that were confiscated when they were taken into custody.

The suit alleges that by charging monthly fees and other maintenance fees, Stored Value Cards, also known...

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