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Friday, June 12, 2015
Says one public defender: "The frightening thing about solitary is that when it erodes your ability to interact with other human beings, in turn that trauma is inflicted on your family members."
Thursday, June 11, 2015
An investigation by NPR and The Marshall Project found that many states don't keep track of how many inmates are released directly from solitary confinement without any transition or supervision.
Thursday, March 05, 2015
The Justice Department says police and courts in Ferguson, Mo., violated black residents' civil rights because officials saw them as a source of revenue. They were given excessive fines and fees.
Monday, February 09, 2015
Lawsuits filed in Ferguson and Jennings, Mo., seek justice for impoverished people who are jailed, sometimes for weeks, for not being able to pay what they owe the cities.
Sunday, February 08, 2015
NPR got an advanced look at a civil rights lawsuit being filed that claims Ferguson, Mo., residents who can't afford to pay their court fines are illegally held in jail.
Thursday, January 29, 2015
The Center for Community Alternatives says that formerly incarcerated men and women rely heavily upon family, almost always receiving cash from them.
Friday, January 09, 2015
Massachusetts is one of a growing number of states that are putting new restrictions on the practice of restraining and secluding public school students.
Monday, January 05, 2015
Losing your driver's license is a serious penalty, but often it's for nothing to do with unsafe driving. Without one, many who can't afford to pay the fines have a hard time finding or keeping a job.
Monday, December 29, 2014
Drive drunk or recklessly and the state can suspend your driver's license. But a number of officials worry that many suspensions are for lesser offenses, including unpaid tickets or even truancy.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
The city of Montgomery, Ala., was sued by a group of people who said they were jailed when they couldn't pay court fines and fees. Now the city has agreed to take steps to help those too poor to pay.
Wednesday, October 01, 2014
The Campus SaVE Act clarifies the rights of victims of same-sex sexual attacks to go to local police, get referrals for health care and be guaranteed a fair hearing process.
Friday, September 12, 2014
In 2009, Henry Davis was charged with destruction of property after he scuffled with police officers and his blood dirtied their uniforms.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
The council in the Missouri town met Tuesday for the first time since the shooting of Michael Brown. A plan introduced would address one source of tension: heavy collection of court fines and fees.
Monday, August 25, 2014
The protests in Ferguson are a response to the shooting death of Michael Brown, but the heavy use of court fines and fees helps explain why there's so much anger directed at local police.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
A controversial practice to tie, hold down or seclude agitated students mostly impacts kids with disabilities. Schools say it's for safety, but opponents say it's dangerous and a civil rights issue.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
The Michigan Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that local courts cannot charge indiscriminate fees to defendants.
Wednesday, June 04, 2014
U.S. lawmakers are feeling some urgency to solve the same problem: how to stop sending people to jail simply for failing to pay court fines and fees, often because they're too poor to afford them.
Saturday, May 24, 2014
An exclusive state-by-state survey by NPR found that 49 states now allow or require criminal defendants to pay for their court-ordered electronic monitoring bracelets.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
The use of fines and fees charged to criminal defendants has exploded. People who can't afford those charges can go to jail for not paying. Hundreds of thousands are hiding from police and the courts.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
In 1983, the high court ruled judges can't jail people because they're too poor to pay their fines and fees. But an NPR investigation found judges still use jail time as punishment for nonpayment.