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Saturday, February 20 • 3:00pm - 3:20pm
IRL: Modern Day Debtor's Prisons

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Debtors’ prisons exist. Today. In the United States. In Louisiana. In Michigan. In Colorado. And…. in New Hampshire. Judges have been jailing people for failing to pay a fine without investigating whether they have any ability to pay their fine. The ACLU-NH has taken on this problem, issued a report (http://aclu-nh.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Final-ACLU-Debtors-Prisons-Report-9.23.15.pdf), and is well on the way to correcting it with rule changes, judicial education, and an alternative sentencing project.

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Albert "Buzz" Scherr

President, American Civil Liberties Union - NH
Buzz Scherr is a Professor of Law at UNH Law. He has been president of the ACLU-NH for 5 years and was on the ACLU’s national Board of Directors for 6 years. Prior to teaching, he was a public defender for 13 years. He teaches and writes in the areas criminal law, genetic privacy... Read More →

Saturday February 20, 2016 3:00pm - 3:20pm EST
Salon D