Joseph Shapiro appears in the following:
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Civil rights lawyers are challenging the use of court fines and fees against people who can't afford to pay. This week's ACLU suit against Biloxi, Miss., is the sixth such case since September.
Wednesday, October 07, 2015
The lawsuit would protect people like Jayne Fuentes — who can't afford to pay mounting court fines and fees — from being sent back to jail if they are homeless, unemployed or just out of prison.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
A judge in Ferguson, Mo., has announced he will withdraw thousands of arrest warrants for unpaid traffic violations and other minor offenses. But it may be just a start on reform in St. Louis County and around the country.
Friday, July 31, 2015
Born deaf and blind to a refugee mother, Haben Girma has had opportunities in the U.S. she'd never have had in Eritrea. But it was an urge for dessert that led her to advocate for the disabled.
Friday, July 24, 2015
In Africa, in Asia, in Latin America, people with disabilities want to know: How can we learn from the Americans with Disabilities Act so we can get on the bus, get married, build a life.
Friday, July 24, 2015
Take a tour through New York and you'll see how the 25-year-old Americans with Disabilities Act is benefiting everyone.
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.