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Nationally Broadcast Ohio Town-Hall Event Focused on Excessive Fines, Fees, and Bail

In December 2016, PBS aired two episodes of The Tavis Smiley Show which consisted of a town hall-style meeting, featuring the participation of four current or former Ohio judges.  The town hall was designed to bring awareness to issues surrounding the imposition and collection of fines and fees, and also the problems caused by current approaches to pretrial bail.  

As Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor observed, it doesn’t make sense to jail people “because they’re not paying fees and fines that they can’t even afford. Surveys have shown that the American people understand that. They don’t want this kind of treatment no matter who the defendants are because it is not cost-effective.”

Court News Ohio recently summarized the event here, with links to video and transcripts of the town hall.

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