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“Im trying.” Maurice Hudson, 29, to judge on inability to afford $1941 in court fees. On probation, father of 2 young girls w/ special needs. Works part-time as janitor.

Judge sentenced him to additional 1½-to-3-years prison.

Abolish mandatory court fees.inquirer.com/news/philadelp…
Just discovered. It’s the same judge. Who sent Meek Mill back to prison for technical probation violations. Common Pleas Court Judge Genece E. Brinkley. inquirer.com/crime/meek-mil…
Court fees wreak havoc every day in so many ways. Here’s Arizona public defender on his client today being denied a clean record bc of his inability to pay court fees.
In NY, Comptroller Scott Stringer (@NYCComptroller) recently called to abolish mandatory surcharges & forgive outstanding court debt to end criminalization of poverty. In 2017, 139,000 mandatory surcharges imposed $20 million in costs on New Yorkers. comptroller.nyc.gov/newsroom/compt…
In NY, there are 3 options: 1. Pay hundreds in court fees. 2. Ask for time to pay & get arrested if you fail to do so. 3. Enter “civil judgment” if you cant afford fees. But you get bad credit for 7 years. There is no waiver for indigency. Read this report:comptroller.nyc.gov/reports/fees-f…
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