CRIMINAL JUSTICE DEBT WEBINARS

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Driving with Debt: What Attorneys and Organizers Can Do to Address the Problem of Driver’s License Suspensions for Court Debt

January 31, 2019 Most states suspend driver's licenses based on unpaid debts arising out of criminal proceedings or traffic tickets, and as a result millions of low-income people have lost their licenses simply because they cannot afford to pay fines and fees. This webinar will briefly address the harsh, perverse, and discriminatory impact of such [...]

Driving with Debt: What Attorneys and Organizers Can Do to Address the Problem of Driver’s License Suspensions for Court Debt2019-02-19T13:00:55-05:00

Ensuring that People Are Not Jailed Due to Poverty: Reforming Policies and Representing Clients in Criminal Justice Debt Ability to Pay Proceedings.

May 22, 2018 The Constitution prohibits jailing defendants for non-payment of debts they cannot afford but too often courts fail to conduct adequate "ability to pay" proceedings and unrepresented individuals are sent to jail simply because they are too poor to pay a fee. This webinar discusses both effective representation of individuals in ability to [...]

Ensuring that People Are Not Jailed Due to Poverty: Reforming Policies and Representing Clients in Criminal Justice Debt Ability to Pay Proceedings.2019-02-21T09:23:08-05:00

Affirmative Litigation of Criminal Justice Debt Abuses – Theory and Practice

March 16, 2018 Lawsuits are currently challenging harsh criminal justice debt collection practices, including "debtors prisons" and automatic license suspensions. This webinar discussed litigation strategies and challenges when pursuing affirmative claims against harsh criminal justice debt collection practices, and will encourage participants to incorporate consumer and constitutional law insights in their work. Presenters: Claudia Wilner, [...]

Affirmative Litigation of Criminal Justice Debt Abuses – Theory and Practice2019-02-19T13:04:11-05:00

Introduction to Harvard’s Criminal Justice Policy Program’s 50-State Criminal Justice Debt Law Web Tool

March 1, 2018 The National Consumer Law Center and the Criminal Justice Policy Program at Harvard Law Schools free webinar series on criminal justice debt continues this spring. Confronting Criminal Justice Debt focuses on the fines and fees imposed by the criminal justice system. This webinar series brings together leading attorneys, academics, and other advocates [...]

Introduction to Harvard’s Criminal Justice Policy Program’s 50-State Criminal Justice Debt Law Web Tool2019-02-19T13:04:34-05:00

Using Bankruptcy Law to Aid Criminal Justice Debtors

October 17, 2017 For criminal justice debtors, bankruptcy can be a powerful tool. It can eliminate the obligation to repay certain criminal justice debts or provide an orderly mechanism for repaying certain debts that cannot be discharged. Bankruptcy can also open the door to relief, such as expungement, record sealing, or restoration of a drivers [...]

Using Bankruptcy Law to Aid Criminal Justice Debtors2019-02-19T13:05:50-05:00

The Advocacy Gap: Meeting the Urgent Need for Counsel to Represent Individuals in Criminal Debt Proceedings

October 10, 2017 Too often, individuals who owe criminal justice debt lack counsel who can help them navigate the system and avoid the severe penalties often imposed for nonpayment-from garnishment to suspension of a drivers license to incarceration. This webinar discussed the advocacy gap, ways in which civil attorneys could provide impactful representation, opportunities and [...]

The Advocacy Gap: Meeting the Urgent Need for Counsel to Represent Individuals in Criminal Debt Proceedings2019-02-19T13:06:12-05:00

Confronting Criminal Justice Debt: Introduction and Impact on Communities of Color

October 4, 2017 Americas justice system is increasingly financed by the imposition of heavy fines, fees, and costs on individuals accused of crimes and civil infractions. The costs are disproportionately born by the poor and people of color. This webinar will provide an overview of criminal justice debt as an urgent racial justice problem. It [...]

Confronting Criminal Justice Debt: Introduction and Impact on Communities of Color2019-03-07T08:27:31-05:00

Debt and Democracy: How the Collection of Civil Fees and Fines Contributed to the Unrest in Ferguson

Jan 29, 2015 This webinar will discuss the levying and collection of unfair fees and fines by municipalities and their courts. According to The New York Times, unjust municipal fee and fine practices were one of the “simmering” issues underlying tensions in Ferguson, Missouri following the killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a [...]

Debt and Democracy: How the Collection of Civil Fees and Fines Contributed to the Unrest in Ferguson2019-02-20T16:14:25-05:00

Fugitive Felons: Clark v. Astrue Implementation for SSI & Social Security and Similar Provisions in Other Benefit Programs

Sep 25, 2013 Learn about the court ordered relief currently being provided in Clark v. Astrue to class members whose Social Security or SSI benefits were suspended because of an arrest warrant. This session will also review the so-called "fugitive felon" provisions in other public benefit programs such as VA and SNAP benefits as well [...]

Fugitive Felons: Clark v. Astrue Implementation for SSI & Social Security and Similar Provisions in Other Benefit Programs2019-02-21T09:36:28-05:00