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November 7, 2016

Final Approval of Class Action Settlement Granted in Fuentes v. Benton County

On November 4, 2016, the Yakima County Superior Court granted final approval to a class action settlement reached in Fuentes v. Benton County, a lawsuit challenging the …

 
October 10, 2016

Preliminary Approval of Class Action Settlement Granted in Fuentes v. Benton County

On October 6, 2016, the Yakima County Superior Court granted preliminary approval to a class action settlement reached in Fuentes v. Benton County, a lawsuit challenging …

 
June 1, 2016

Settlement Reached in Lawsuit Ending Benton County’s Modern-Day Debtors’ Prison

Benton County No Longer Jails or Forces Manual Labor on People Who Can’t Afford to Pay Court-Imposed Debts Press Release | Contact:  Doug Honig, ACLU-WA,  206.624.2184 …

 
April 22, 2016

Alternatives to Modern-Day Debtors Prisons

In an excellent op-ed piece in the Washington Post, Texas Judge Ed Spillane explains that judges in jurisdictions across the country are failing to follow rules that …

 
March 14, 2016

Justice Department Urges Fairness in Court Policies Targeting the Poor

Officials at the Department of Justice are calling on chief justices and court administrators to root out unconstitutional policies, warning against operating courthouses as for-profit ventures. In …

 
December 3, 2015

Benton County Takes a Positive Step Toward Ending Its Debtors’ Prison

On Wednesday, December 2, 2015, the commissioners of Benton County unanimously voted to rescind a resolution that set the rates credited to people who are incarcerated in …

 
October 6, 2015

Lawsuit Challenges Benton County’s Modern-Day Debtors’ Prison

Additional Information Frequently Asked Questions Case Documents Class Action Complaint In the News 6/8/16: Los Angeles Times 4/8/16: The Washington Post 12/2/15: Tri-City Herald 11/19/15: JSTOR …