Equal Justice Under Law (DC)

Non-profit civil rights organization, founded in 2014, dedicated to providing pro bono legal service to those most in need. The organization is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and brings cases nationwide.
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Primary geographic focus: District of Columbia
Organization type(s): Provider

Equal Justice Under Law provides pro bono legal services to those most in need, focusing on the systemic issues that create unjustifiable inequalities.  We bring cases across the United States, engaging in litigation and advocacy to reform the structures, norms, and incentives that create and perpetuate violations of fundamental rights.



Chain Gang 2.0: If You Can’t Afford This GPS Ankle Bracelet, You Get Thrown In Jail

Eric Markowitz
International Business Times (IB Times)
September 21, 2015
Some states now require people to pay for their own electronic monitoring once they bail out of jail. And if you miss a payment, you better watch out.

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Lawsuit: Court Illegally Jails People Who Can’t Pay Fines

Associated Press (AP)
October 13, 2015
Seven people have sued Mississippi's capital city, saying its municipal court illegally jailed them because they couldn't pay court fines.

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Debtors Prison: Life Inside America’s For-Profit Justice System

August 16, 2016
Imprisoning people for being poor has technically been illegal in this country for two hundred years, but it is still a reality.

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Millions of drivers lost their licenses for failing to pay court fees, study finds

Justin Wm. Moyer
Washington Post
September 26, 2017
The report says that 43 states and the District suspend driver’s licenses because of unpaid fines and fees, trapping people in a “vicious court debt cycle.”

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Study: 100K Mich. drivers lose licenses for unpaid fees

Mike Martindale
Detroit News
September 26, 2017
A report issued Tuesday by the Virginia-based Legal Aid Justice Center finds Michigan is one of five states that require judges to seize people’s licenses if they fail to pay court fees after a trial or hearing.

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Michigan is 1 of 5 harshest states for driver’s license suspensions over court fees, fines

Niraj Warikoo
Detroit Free Press
September 29, 2017
The Legal Aid Justice Center analyzed the driver's license suspension polices of 50 states. Michigan's were among the five harshest.

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Traffic Debt Keeps Thousands of Low-Income Drivers Off The Road In Tennessee

Julieta Martinelli
WPLN (Nashville Public Radio)
October 2, 2017
Over the last five years, 250,000 Tennesseans have lost the right to drive legally. That’s the result of an uncommon state law that makes license suspensions mandatory if drivers can’t afford to pay court fees and traffic fines.

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