Bill Prohibiting Jail For Fines Heads To Hickenlooper

April 23, 2014 5:17 PM

Bill Prohibiting Jail For Fines Heads To Hickenlooper
" DENVER (AP) – A proposal to stop jailing poor people for being unable to pay municipal court fines is expected to be signed into law in Colorado.

A spokesman for Gov. John Hickenlooper said Wednesday the governor is expected to agree to the measure, which got final approval from the Colorado Legislature.

With the bill, defendants must now be instructed that if they’re unable to pay a fine, they have to contact the court for a hearing to explain why they can’t pay, and possibly arrange a payment plan.

Only one senator voted against the bill, which had already cleared the House. Thirty-four senators supported the measure.

The proposal is a response to concerns raised by the American Civil Liberties Union in Colorado, which said in a report last year that failure-to-pay warrants are common in municipal courts. The ACLU said that violates U.S "

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