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The Ohio Second District Court of Appeals vacated a trial court’s imposition of a post-confinement payment plan, holding that costs from a criminal action can only be collected through civil enforcement.
Civil rights attorneys are challenging the city of LaGrange’s “court debt policy,” which “requires any applicant for utility service to first pay any debt owed to the city—including court judgments and fines.”
The American Council of Chief Defenders, Gideon's Promise, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National Association for Public Defense, and the National Legal Aid and Defender Association released a joint statement today that "strongly endorses and calls for the use of validated pretrial risk assessment in all jurisdictions, as a necessary component of a fair pretrial release system that reduces unnecessary detention and eliminates racial bias."
A federal judge in Texas has granted a preliminary injunction against Harris County’s bail system. Chief U.S. District Judge Lee H. Rosenthal found that the system detains “indigent misdemeanor defendants who are otherwise eligible for release but are unable because of their poverty to pay a secured money bail.”