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 pay proceedings and best practices for ability to pay determinations that advocates should promote in policy reform.
|Event Date||Tuesday, 22 May 2018|
|Event End Date||Tuesday, 22 May 2018|
Lawsuits are currently challenging harsh criminal justice debt collection practices, including "debtor's 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.
|Event Date||Friday, 16 March 2018|
|Event End Date||Friday, 16 March 2018|
The National Consumer Law Center and the Criminal Justice Policy Program at Harvard Law School's 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 to identify problems with the current fine and fee practices, including their disproportionate impact on the poor and people of color, and to discuss litigation and policy solutions.
|Event Date||Thursday, 01 March 2018|
|Event End Date||Thursday, 01 March 2018|
|Event Date||Wednesday, 07 February 2018|
|Event End Date||Wednesday, 07 February 2018|
|Event Date||Friday, 03 November 2017|
|Event End Date||Friday, 03 November 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.
|Event Date||Tuesday, 17 October 2017|
|Event End Date||Tuesday, 17 October 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 driver's license to incarceration.
|Event Date||Tuesday, 10 October 2017|
|Event End Date||Tuesday, 10 October 2017|
|Event Date||Wednesday, 04 October 2017|
|Event End Date||Wednesday, 04 October 2017|
|Event Date||Tuesday, 12 September 2017|
|Event End Date||Tuesday, 12 September 2017|
In our efforts to persuade policy makers and general audiences to act on the issues we care about, we often encounter one recurring barrier: fear. Some audience members are worried, anxious and scared about a number of issues facing the country today. We need to be strategic in our communication and tell an affirmative, positive story that moving forward is more important than ever.
|Event Date||Thursday, 27 April 2017|
|Event End Date||Thursday, 27 April 2017|