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"A lot of advocates view [court fees] as a regressive tax... charging the people who need to have access to the courts."

"You could see that there could be a perverse incentive created where someone is convicted, for example, of a traffic violation . . . there's a small amount of that [fee] that goes towards the Law Enforcement Retirement Fund.'

- Quisha Mallette, Community Advocate, Reinvestment Partners

Fees are only supposed to recoup costs in the criminal justice system, but if you’re poor, they’re a punishment.

The justices strike a blow against policing for profit.

Aggressive enforcement and costly new fees provide city with more revenue, largely at expense of the poor and minorities.

Josie and Clint talk with Sara Totonchi, the Executive Director of the Southern Center for Human Rights.

In many parts of America, like Corinth, Miss., judges are locking up defendants who can’t pay — sometimes for months at a time.

The group is part of an effort to make vehicle ticketing less unfair.


If you’ve committed a crime and are rich, you can pay court fees and cast a ballot. If you don’t have money, you might be left out of democracy.

Jail expenses for holding suspect cost seven times more than bond fee

District attorneys’ comments belie the true purpose of bail in New York and ignore the safety risks of jail itself.

Dirty little secret: Judges are signing arrest warrants for personal debt, including credit cards and mortgages.

The first state to abolish cash bail. Why are proponents so unhappy?

  • Capital Bank
  • City of Durham EWD
  • NC Housing Coalition
  • NC Housing Finance Agency
  • Triangle Community Foundation
  • United Way of the Greater Triangle
  • UNC - Chapel Hill
  • Wells Fargo
  • Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation
    Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation
  • Equal Housing Opportunity
  • BB&T
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation
  • The Burt's Bees Foundation
    The Burt's Bees Foundation