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Archive: August 2020

North Carolinians to USCCR: More Has to be Done to Mitigate Impact of Court Fines, Fees

August 14, 2020

North Carolina residents, attorneys and criminal justice reform advocates laid bare Thursday the brutal consequences for defendants who can’t afford to pay court fines and fees to the North Carolina Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights … Continue Reading →

Maher Underscores Importance of Public Defense in Task Force’s Racial Equity Work

July 29, 2020

Duke Center for Science and Justice Executive Director Tom Maher spoke Tuesday to the Governor’s Task Force for Racial Equity in Criminal Justice.

The group, which has been working for at least a month, made its first recommendations last week … Continue Reading →

Washington Post Weighs in on New Bill About Suspended Driver’s Licenses

July 20, 2020

The Washington Post editorial board weighed in recently about the unfair practice of suspending driver’s licenses over nonpayment of court fines and fees, calling the policy “self-defeating” to public safety.

Last week, the Senate introduced the bipartisan Driving for Opportunity … Continue Reading →