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  • Court debtors win with ruling

    Offenders who owe court fees and fines are no longer being forced to agree to a pre-determined jail sentence if they fail to make scheduled payments. The Washington state Supreme …

  • Our View: Jailing debtors often puts undue strain on taxpayers

    If lawbreakers are inconvenienced by the consequences of their own antisocial choices, so be it. They’ll find no sympathy here. But taxpayers shouldn’t be saddled with needless burdens in the …

  • Debt to society

    Michael Lafferty has served more time in Spokane County Jail for failure to pay his court fees and fines than for his original third-degree assault conviction. Lafferty was 19 when …



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