Last year, the United States Department of Justice released the results of its investigation into the law enforcement practices of Ferguson, Missouri, and brought national attention to a municipal criminal justice system that was funded primarily by imposing fees and fines on the criminal defendants brought before it.
Although it was the subject of the DOJ investigation, Ferguson is not unique. States and municipalities around the country increasingly rely on criminal fees and fines to fund local law enforcement and court systems.
In this program, Erika Wood, Professor of Law at New York Law School, discusses the different categories of criminal justice-related financial obligations, the role these financial penalties play in criminal prosecution and defense, as well as their impact on successful rehabilitation and reentry. The program includes state-specific information for California, Florida, New York, Texas and Virginia.
I. Understand the various categories of criminal justice financial obligations
II. Become familiar with the Department of Justice’s findings related to criminal justice financial obligations
III. Appreciate the role financial obligations play in the criminal justice system
IV. Recognize the impact financial obligations have on defendants within the criminal justice system and on successful reentry and rehabilitation
V. Identify specific state policies and reforms related to criminal justice financial obligations
I've been concerned about this for years. Thank you for the additional info.
EXCELLENT PRESENTATION BY A GIFTED SPEAKER! Course materials also excellent. One of top three courses I've taken on Lawline. I appreciate her knowledge, wisdom and compassion for the criminal.
This is the best course I have ever taken online.
Thank you :)
just terrific information
Excellent speaker, presentation and materials. Thanks so much!
Interesting discussion on a topic I had never really thought about before.
Excellent coverage of this important subject.
Thank you for the excellent materials.
This course was a reminder of the tests to be applied before various financial obligations may be imposed on persons accused and persons sentenced. It presented a national perspective on what has come to be an issue of great concern in my state (Illinois).
Thanks for the first-rate supplemental materials. They are a great resource.
what an awakening relative to fees assessed
This is a great webinar and a great series. It would be really helpful to lots of other professionals working with people who are exoffenders and having challenges returning to their community. thanks for covering this.