WBEZ: Illinois Court Fees Prevent Poor From Closing Cases

WBEZ has posted a great story on how fines, fees, and costs levied by Illinois courts can keep offenders perpetually entangled with the justice system. One quote:

“It causes the law to fall into disrepute,” [Cook County Associate Judge Thomas] Donnelly said. “Because [offenders have] complied with every condition they possibly can. But for their status as poor people, they would be able to terminate their case, and get it expunged, and get on with their life.”

Read about Chicago Appleseed’s report on the impact of fines, fees, and costs imposed by Cook County Courts.