New Report Reveals 14 States That Still Criminalize Minor Traffic Offenses

In 14 states an offense as minor as a cracked tail light can lead to arrest and jail. And even in states that have decriminalized minor traffic offenses, jurisdictions use of bench warrants to enforce non-payment means these states have decriminalized traffic offenses in name only. Find out what true decriminalization entails in out latest report, The Drive to Jail

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1 in 3 Americans Impacted by Fines and Fees According to New National Survey

This study is the first to present a national overview of how court-imposed fines and fees are affecting people across the
country. Our findings reveal a disturbing trend among working families: money needed for food, housing, and healthcare is being redirected to pay off court debt.

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Watch Now: Decoding the DOJ’s ‘Dear Colleague’ Letter

On April 23, the DOJ issued a “Dear Colleague” letter which put state and local courts on notice that their practices may violate the U.S. Constitution or federal law. In our latest webinar, we show you how to use the DOJ’s letter to advance your state and local campaigns.

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New Mexico Gov. Lujan Grisham Signs Groundbreaking Fee Elimination Bill Into Law

Last night, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed HB 139, which eliminates the post-adjudication and bench warrant fees that have recently become the subject of a national movement to end the criminalization of poverty.

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New Mexico Becomes 24th State to End Debt-Based License Suspensions

A long-awaited victory has arrived for over 300,000 New Mexicans who had previously lost their freedom to drive due to the state’s counterproductive suspension practices.

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