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Can Local Governments Stop Relying on ‘Cash Register Justice’?

The movement to reduce court fines and fees, a practice that reformers say criminalizes poverty, is gaining traction across the country with bipartisan support, a conference at John Jay College was told Thursday. But many local governments continue to balk at giving up a practice that has turned into a key source of revenue.

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How Our ‘Two-Tiered Justice System’ Exploits the Poor

Some 10 million Americans now hold criminal debt totaling over $50 billion, burdened by accumulating court fines and fees they are unable to pay. It’s a hidden practice that damages communities and ruins lives, but the federal government seems to be looking the other way, writes an FSU law professor.