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The criminal legal system “relies heavily on collecting money from the very people targeted by the system,” in the process incentivizing police to punish as many people as possible, the authors of the ACLU report write.
Apr 21, 2021
Judge Paul Bonin improperly required people who appeared in his courtroom to purchase ankle monitors from a private company run by one of his former law partners, a lawsuit says.
Jun 30, 2020
In Hillsborough County, Florida, the jail population is bloated by cash bail, fines, and fees, perpetuating health inequities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
May 04, 2020
A survey of roughly 1,000 people found that 1 in 5 had been turned down for a diversion program because they couldn’t afford the costs of drug tests and monitoring devices.
Feb 28, 2020
The court found that a law that critics described as a poll tax violates the Constitution.
Feb 19, 2020
A bipartisan group has recommended substantive changes to the state’s legal justice system, including cash bail reform and proposals to divert people living with mental illnesses away from incarceration.
Dawn R. Wolfe
Feb 03, 2020
Jan 27, 2020
State law must change to stop judges from using jail time to force the poor into paying penalties they can’t afford, says one advocacy group.
Oct 28, 2019
The city comptroller, state lawmakers, and advocates call on the state to end its use of fines and fees in the legal system.
Sep 11, 2019
Lawyers and advocates in Miami-Dade County will roll out a new plan to counter the disenfranchisement of people with felony convictions.
Kira Lerner, Daniel Nichanian
Jul 24, 2019
A company in Cleveland County exemplifies how for-profit legal services affect poor and vulnerable individuals.
Jun 26, 2019
The DeKalb County Jail, now at the center of protests, has a long history of problems and a legacy of housing people for unpaid fines.
May 21, 2019
Lawmakers are debating whether to let people with felony convictions vote—but there could be a catch.
Feb 07, 2019
Josie and Clint talk with Sara Totonchi, the Executive Director of the Southern Center for Human Rights.
Josie Duffy Rice, Clint Smith
Jan 23, 2019
A new proposal to abolish small police forces seeks to end the cycle of debt and incarceration.
Jan 18, 2019
Terrance has been jailed repeatedly over court debt for fishing to feed his family.
Nov 01, 2018
The state’s “theft of leased property” statute allows prosecutors to seek felony charges for Pennsylvanians who miss payments on rental items.
Sep 05, 2018
The ‘plea fee’ stems from a state law passed in the 1980s and can cost nearly $200, depending on the county.
Aug 29, 2018
The criminal court was funneling millions of dollars a year from poor communities.
Aug 13, 2018
And padding city and state coffers with millions of dollars.
Aug 03, 2018
In jurisdictions across the country, people incarcerated before they've ever been convicted of a crime are charged a daily fee just for sitting in jail—and several courts have ruled that the practice is legal.
Jul 20, 2018
San Francisco just became the first city in the nation to stop charging court fines and fees, but the rest of the state has a long way to go.
Jul 02, 2018