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Benton County May Stop Jailing Those Who Can't Pay Fines

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Benton County may stop jailing those who can't pay fines Benton County may stop jailing those who can't pay fines

PROSSER, WA (AP) - Benton County officials have decided to eliminate the credit given to people sentenced to jail for unpaid fees.
    
County commissioners voted Wednesday to rescind the credit given to those ordered to jail and work crews to pay outstanding fees. A person is credited with $50 for spending a day in jail and $70 for a day on the work crew.
    
Benton County judges have also agreed not to imprison people based on their inability to pay.

ACLU Lawsuit: County Jails People Who Can't Pay Court Fines

A lawsuit filed by the state American Civil Liberties Union calling on the county to make significant changes to its prison system still stands. The ACLU claims putting people in jail or on work crews because they can't afford to pay fines is unconstitutional.
    
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