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Article • November 7, 2017 • from PLN November, 2017
Filed under: Jail Specific, Booking Fees
Supreme Court Declines to Hear Case on Jail Booking Fees by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to rule on the issue of jail “booking fees” – fees charged when arrestees are jailed, which are not always returned upon their release. The case involved a ...
Article • November 7, 2017 • from PLN November, 2017
Michigan Court Forced to End “Pay or Stay” Policy by David Reutter by David M. Reutter A Michigan state district court judge was ordered to end a “pay or stay” policy that he used to toss poor defendants in jail for their inability to pay fines, fees and court costs.  ...
Paying for Your Time: How Charging Inmates Fees Behind Bars May Violate the Excessive Fines Clause by Lauren-Brooke Eisen by Lauren-Brooke Eisen, Loyola Journal of Public Interest Law Introduction In 1846, the United States saw the birth of the first correctional fee law when Michigan enacted legislation authorizing counties to charge ...
Report Finds Charging Criminal Justice Fees Perpetuates Mass Incarceration by Matthew Clarke The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University’s School of Law released a report in May 2015 titled, “Charging Inmates Perpetuates Mass Incarceration.” Mass incarceration refers to the fact that the United States, which has around 5% ...
Charging the Poor - Criminal Justice Debt & Modern-Day Debtors' Prisons, Sobol, 2016 Legal Studies Research Paper Series Research Paper No. 16–09 Charging the Poor: Criminal Justice Debt & Modern-Day Debtors' Prisons Neil L. Sobol This paper can be downloaded without charge from the Social Science Research Network Electronic Paper ...
Report Finds Criminal Justice System Financially Overburdens Prisoners and Their Families by Christopher Zoukis The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, a nonprofit focused on racial and economic policy, in conjunction with Forward Together and a dozen other community and civil rights organizations recently released a study which surveyed hardships ...
Cost of Incarceration Assessment Handcuff Poor Releasees by David Reutter The imposition of cost of incarceration fees upon released prisoners is a “permanent financial sentence” that overwhelms those trying to successfully integrate into society. Fees for room and board are authorized in at least 43 states.  “We’re seeing it all ...
New Study Documents Lower Pre-arrest Incomes for Prisoners by Derek Gilna A study released last year, prepared by the Prison Policy Initiative (PPI), documented what most criminal justice experts have long suspected – that offenders’ pre-arrest incomes are significantly lower than the incomes of people who are not incarcerated. Interestingly, ...
Collecting Unpaid Booking Fees in Colorado may be Illegal, Experts Say by Joe Watson According to legal experts, unpaid jail booking fees that sheriff’s departments across Colorado have collected for years may violate state law if the fees are being taken from people who are repeatedly arrested, such as the ...
Brief • July 19, 2016
Jones v. Clark County, 6th Cir, KY, Appellant Brief, wrongful imprisonment jail demanded pay-to-stay fees, 2016 UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SIXTH CIRCUIT CASE NO. 16-5295 _______________________________________ DAVID JONES, Plaintiff - Appellant v. CLARK COUNTY, KENTUCKY, et al., Defendants - Appellees. On Appeal from the United States District ...
Article • May 12, 2016
Proposals Aim to End Debtor’s Prison in Pennsylvania by David Reutter Pennsylvania courts are frequently imprisoning people who are unable to pay fines. Proposed rule changes aim to end debtor’s prisons, but the real problem may be a lack of oversight for the local courts that oversee such cases. Ann ...
Brief • March 4, 2016
Filed under: Booking Fees
Markadonatos v. Village Woolridge, IL, Pltf. Appeal Brief, Jail Booking Fees, 2013 Case: 12-2619 Document: 22 Filed: 02/11/2013 Pages: 106 No. 12-2619 _____________________________________________________________________________ IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SEVENTH CIRCUIT _____________________________________________________________________________ JERRY G. MARKADONATOS, on behalf of himself and all others similarly situated, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. VILLAGE ...
Publication • February 12, 2016
In Jail and In Debt - Ohios Pay-to-Stay Fees, ACLU 2015 In Jail & In Debt: Ohio’s Pay-to-Stay Fees ~ Fall 2015 In Jail & In Debt: Ohio’s Pay-to-Stay Fees Fall 2015 www.acluohio.org In Jail & In Debt: Ohio’s Pay-to-Stay Fees Fall 2015 Table of Contents Introduction Page 1 Analysis ...
Article • January 12, 2016
Filed under: Overcrowding, Booking Fees
Overcrowds Its Jail with People Who Can't Pay Court Fines and Fees by Joe Watson A recent analysis by the Tulsa World found that the percentage of bookings into the Tulsa, Oklahoma, County Jail involving warrants for failure to pay court fines and fees has more than tripled since 2004, ...
Article • January 12, 2016
Filed under: Booking Fees
Ohio ACLU Study Shows Pay-to-Stay Programs Don't Generate Much Revenue by Matthew Clarke A report released by the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio (ACLU) in June 2013 shows that the pay-to-stay fees charged by Ohio jails do not generate much revenue and damage indigent prisoners and their families. It ...
Article • January 11, 2016
Georgia Debtor Prison Challenged by Cellphone video of a judge threatening to jail indigent defendants in Bowdon, Georgia, for failure to pay fines and fees prompted a policy change.  Yet, so called “debtors prisons” are still a problem in the state. While in court to contest citations, including one for ...
Article • September 9, 2015
Wisconsin Jail’s 2013 Prisoner Fee Revenue Falls $130,000 by Mark Wilson Wisconsin Jail’s 2013 Prisoner Fee Revenue Falls $130,000          by Mark Wilson A litigation-compelled policy change has cut a Wisconsin County’s booking and pay-to- stay fees by $130,000. However, county officials are quickly recouping the revenue from other detainees. A ...
Article • June 3, 2015 • from PLN June, 2015
Nevada Jail Charges Prisoners for Meals, Medical Care to Defray Costs by Michael Brodheim Nevada Jail Charges Prisoners for Meals, Medical Care to Defray Costs by Michael Brodheim Overcrowding at Nevada’s Elko County jail is expected to ease with the scheduled completion of an addition to the facility, while the ...
Article • January 13, 2015
Ohio ACLU Report Exposes State's Unconstitutional Debtors' Prisons by Ohio ACLU Report Exposes State's Unconstitutional Debtors' Prisons An investigative report by Ohio's chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has revealed that a majority of the state's municipal courts are running modern-day debtors' prisons by jailing poor defendants who ...
Article • January 12, 2015
Florida Pretrial Detainees Properly Charged “Subsistence Costs” by Florida Pretrial Detainees Properly Charged “Subsistence Costs” The Florida Court of Appeal for the Fourth District has upheld the constitutional application of a statue and a jail’s procedures allowing pretrial detainees to be charged “daily subsistence costs.” Pretrial detainees Thomas Solomos and ...
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