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Debtor's Prison

It’s like something out of Dickens: Poor people being jailed for failing to pay debts they can never hope to afford. Court-ordered debts impose unfair burdens on poor people in Washington. The ACLU of Washington is exposing this counterproductive system and calling for reform.
Download the ACLU of Washington report, Modern Day Debtor's Prisons. How court-imposed debts push people deeper into poverty and prolong their time in the justice system
Settlement brings reform to Benton County
Courts should not demand LFOs from people eking out a living
FAQs about Legal Financial Obligations (LFOs)
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Published: 
Friday, February 8, 2019
The legislative process isn’t just about laws; It’s about people. This is why we need you, our ACLU-WA members and supporters, to join us in advancing our 2019 legislative agenda.
Published: 
Thursday, January 24, 2019
Read about our 2019 Washington State Legislative Agenda
Published: 
Thursday, April 12, 2018
Civil liberties highlights from the 2018 Washington State Legislative Session
News Release, Published: 
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
The Washington Legislature has passed a bill (E2SHB 1783) which will ensure that poor people are not unfairly jailed or tied for years to the criminal justice system because they are unable to pay court-imposed debts known as Legal Financial Obligations (LFOs).

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