Hi, I'm Joe Shapiro from NPR's Investigations Unit. Ask Me Anything about my series "Guilty and Charged"
I’m a correspondent on NPR’s Investigations Unit. In our series, Guilty and Charged, we showed how court fines and fees have become so common that defendants come out of court on felony and even on non-violent misdemeanor cases often owing hundreds or even thousands of dollars. And sometimes, those who don’t pay even go to jail. In my reporting, I cover the span of social issues, and have a particular interest in stories around disability, health, criminal justice, civil rights and poverty.
As Court Fees Rise, The Poor Are Paying The Price: http://www.npr.org/2014/05/19/312158516/increasing-court-fees-punish-the-poor
State-By-State Court Fees: http://www.npr.org/2014/05/19/312455680/state-by-state-court-fees Profiles: http://www.npr.org/2014/05/19/310710716/profiles-of-those-forced-to-pay-or-stay Series Page: http://www.npr.org/series/313986316/guilty-and-charged
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