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The Probation Fee Squeeze

July 18, 2012

Across the country, economically starved towns are charging poor people on probation higher fees and fines, often using private collection companies that promise a profit. When fees accumulate, poor defendants who are unable to pay could end up in jail, raising serious Constitutional questions.   

Public Welfare Foundation grantees Southern Poverty Law Center and the Brennan Center for Justice talk about these new burdens on low-income defendants in a recent New York Times article.  

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