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Leading voices for civil rights to gather on May 15 in Durham for conference on NC’s broken criminal justice system

North Carolinians who care about civil rights and the desperate need to improve our flawed criminal justice system will not want to miss this event:

“Criminal Justice Debt: Punishing the Poor in North Carolina”

May 15, 9:30-2:30

Great Hall, NC Central University School of Law
640 Nelson St., Durham

Defendants in criminal cases are frequently caught in a web of fines and fees imposed at all stages of the criminal justice process. For poor defendants, these costs are often unpayable. Set up to fail and sanctioned with additional fees, extended probation, license revocation and–in violation of constitutional law–jail, individual defendants, and their families and communities, are driven deeper into crisis, even as they funnel millions of dollars into state coffers.

Please join us for this important discussion on ways to reform the criminal justice debt trap.

Cosponsored by ACLU of North Carolina, Forward Justice, North Carolina Advocates for Justice, North Carolina Association of Black Lawyers, North Carolina Central University School of Law, North Carolina Commission on Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Criminal Justice System, North Carolina Justice Center, North Carolina Poverty Research Fund, North Carolina Public Defender Committee on Racial Equity, North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP, Southern Coalition for Social Justice and the UNC Center for Civil Rights.

The Conference is free and open to the public though registration is required.

Agenda and registration link: https://goo.gl/forms/XPcDWYU5riT24bPF3

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