Charlotte Judges Plan Reforms to End ‘Spiral of Incarceration’

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A group of judges in Mecklenburg County, N.C., has launched an effort to end the “spiral of incarceration" that grips poor people who are unable to pay fines, reports the Charlotte Observer. Working with Harvard Law School’s Criminal Justice Debt Initiative, the county’s 21 District Court judges will soon begin holding formal hearings to determine a defendant’s economic status before levying penalties. The new . . .

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