Criminalizing Poverty Blog

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OPD's Criminalizing Poverty Blog

News and articles related to the criminalization of poverty. For more, please go to our "resources" page.

Memo to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Discusses Disparate Impact of Court Fines and Fees in Nevada

On June 13, 2017, the Nevada Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights submitted a memorandum to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, which detailed the Committee’s findings of inequities in Nevada’s implementation of court fines and fees and provided recommendations for reform.
 

Federal Court Strikes Down Cap of Inmate Phone Call Cost

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit struck down a regulation capping the rate for inmate phone calls, which was set in place by the Federal Communications Commission in 2015.
 

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit struck down a regulation capping the rate for inmate phone calls, which was set in place by the Federal Communications Commission in 2015.

Welcome to the Criminalizing Poverty Blog

The Criminalizing Poverty Webpage and Blog was started by Office of the Ohio Public Defender's Racial Justice Initiative in order to raise awareness about how the court system targets low-income individuals for costs, fees, and fines that they are generally unable to pay, and to provide resources to defenders to help attack these practices.