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Breakdown: How Court-Ordered Fines Bury People in Debt

After a reform effort failed to reach the floor of the state Legislature this year, the fight continues to alleviate the burden that court-ordered fines and fees impose on indigent individuals. House Bill 1412 would have given courts discretion to eliminate all...

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Criminalizing Poverty Won’t “Solve” Homelessness

Across the country, cities are increasingly choosing to incorporate fines and arrests as part of the “solution” to the systemic issue of homelessness. Washington is no exception—in the past year a string of measures to ban overnight camping on city property were...

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Local Elections, Real Consequences: 2021 Election Guide

Last month we shared an overview of Juneteenth with a timeline of major events from the Civil War to present, and a post on two interrelated systems that propagate racism: voter suppression and mass incarceration. We encourage you to honor Juneteenth and the people...

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A History of Juneteenth: How Did We Get Here?

Juneteenth — originating in 1865 — celebrates the day that the last enslaved African Americans were declared free. Although the Emancipation Proclamation took effect over two years prior on January 1, 1863, not all African Americans were immediately liberated. Those...

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Pandemic Exposes the Flaws of the Criminal Legal System

According to the National Center for State Courts, the five most common ways courts are responding to COVID-19 are:   Restricting or ending jury trials   Restricting entrance to courthouses   Encouraging or requiring teleconferences or video conferences in lieu of...

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Why donate to a Bail Fund?

Northwest Community Bail Fund has been honored and awed by the incredible amount of support that has financed our recent growth and our ability to post bail for more people than ever before. With a 600 percent increase in our funds last year we were able to expand our...

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Call to Action: Decarceration as a Matter of Public Safety

DECARCERATION AS A MATTER OF PUBLIC SAFETY  NCBF joins The King County Department of Public Defense in demanding that The City Attorney’s Office stop prosecuting most misdemeanors, and the City Council to immediately defund the prosecution and processing of most...

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Want to get involved in our Court Watch Program?

NCBF facilitates programs in King County and Pierce County to monitor court activity, gather data and help inform change to protect people from an abusive system.  You can get involved today to bring Court Watch to your county or join in current efforts.

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