Administration of Justice News Briefs
California Court Administrators Release Report On Improving Fine and Fee Compliance
The Conference of State Court Administrators’ (COSCA) recently released a policy paper, Effective Court Policies for Successful Compliance with Legal Financial Obligations, which recommends policies and practices that courts can adopt to reduce the adverse impacts that fines and fees can have on individuals and help improve collection outcomes. The focus of this paper is to evaluate the ways in which fines and fees are imposed and collected nationwide and how failure to pay such fees can lead to significant consequences. In addition, the paper looks at effective policies that some state and local courts have adopted and proposes best practices for state and municipal courts, such as streamlining the ability of courts to assess ability to pay and expanding options to satisfy court debt such as community service. For additional information please click here.
NACo Hosts Effective Programs and Practices for Women in the Justice System Webinar
The National Association of Counties (NACo) is hosting the Effective Programs and Practices for Women in the Justice System webinar November 3 from 2:00 pm – 3:25 pm. The focus of this webinar is to discuss what is driving the increase in women’s jail incarceration and ways that counties can reverse the trend. Since 1970, the overall jail population in the U.S. has increased nearly five-fold with the number of women offenders in jails increasing fourteen-fold, making women offenders the fastest growing jail population. For additional information and to register for this event please click here.
Futures Without Violence Hosts Defending Childhood Webinar
Futures Without Violence is hosting the Defending Childhood: Lessons Learned on Leadership, Social Change and Building Community webinar on October 26 from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm. The webinar will focus on shared experiences of communities working to address the intricate social issue of children’s vulnerability to violence; ways to address the various forms of violence that impact children and youth; and lessons and strategies to establish sustainability and long-term social reforms. For additional information and to register for the webinar please click here.