Sessions Revokes Law Enforcement Guidance On Fining Poor Defendants
December 24, 2017

“Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced this past week he’s revoking dozens of pieces of guidance to law enforcement agencies around the country. One of those guidances, for example, was a notice that advised local courts against imposing excessive fines and fees on poor people in certain situations. That issue gained national prominence when a federal investigation into Ferguson, Mo., said the city’s practices trapped poor people into a cycle of fines, fees and incarceration. We wanted to know more about this issue. We called Peter Edelman. He’s the faculty director of Georgetown Law’s Center on Poverty and Inequality. And he wrote the book ‘Not A Crime To Be Poor: The Criminalization Of Poverty In America.’ Welcome to the program.”

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