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Those who are unable to pay end up in debt to the state, which can lead to significant consequences from lowering an individual’s credit score to making it harder to apply for public housing.
The case of Johnny Lee Gates shows the unconscionable legal hurdles facing the wrongly convicted, argues Brennan Center fellow Andrew Cohen.
"I will faithfully implement the law," the attorney general nominee testified.
A ruling in New York’s highest court will block those who plead guilty from asserting their innocence despite compelling evidence.
This resource will be useful to criminal justice reform efforts targeting the significant problems of fees and fines in our justice system.
The making of a historic criminal justice reform bill
The FIRST STEP Act marks progress toward reducing mass incarceration
In a major announcement, Mitch McConnell said he'll bring the FIRST STEP Act up for a vote this month. The bipartisan bill would be the biggest reform of our justice system in a generation, and would move us closer to ending mass incarceration.
Trump’s nominee for attorney general would continue Jeff Sessions's hardline approach, his record suggests
Both Republicans and Democrats are pushing Mitch McConnell to hold a vote on the FIRST STEP Act