State Supreme Court rejects Benton County’s collection of court fees from woman’s disability payments

News Story (Washington)

State Supreme Court rejects Benton County’s collection of court fees from woman’s disability payments

September 22, 2016 | Kristin M. Kraemer | Tri-City Herald (WA)
This Benton County case is expected to be cited by prosecutors and judges in the future when addressing a person’s present or future ability to pay.
Tags: Court Debt | Disability Benefits | Legal Financial Obligations

With Driver’s License Suspensions, a Cycle of Debt

News Story (California, NATIONAL, Tennessee)

With Driver’s License Suspensions, a Cycle of Debt

April 14, 2015 | Shaila Dewan | New York Times (NYT)
States have begun suspending drivers’ licenses for unsatisfied debts stemming from any criminal case, from misdemeanors like marijuana possession to felonies in which court costs can reach into the tens of thousands of dollars.
Tags: Civil Rights | Court Debt | Courts | Driver's license suspension | Legal Financial Obligations