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A recent investigation by National Public Radio, the New York University Brennan Center for Justice, and the National Center for State Courts cited a study estimating between 80-85 percent of inmates now leave prison owing debt for court-imposed costs, restitution, fines and fees. Read the full story in the Huffington Post.
Newport News (Virginia) Councilwoman Sharon Scott is throwing a hat in the ring for circuit court clerk. Virginia is one of about half the states in the country where circuit court clerks are elected, said William E. Raftery, an analyst at the National Center for State Courts, based in Williamsburg. Read the full article in the Daily Press.
Carmel Capati, manager of the Court Interpreter Program of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, is the recipient of the National Center for State Courts’ (NCSC) Distinguished Service Award, one of the highest awards presented by the organization. Read the full press release.
Judge Lora J. Livingston of Travis County, Texas, is the recipient of the National Center for State Courts' 2015 Distinguished Service Award for a State Trial Court Judge, one of the highest awards presented by the organization. The Distinguished Service Award is presented annually to those who have made significant contributions to the justice system and who have supported the mission of NCSC. The award will be presented to Judge Livingston May 8 during a conference hosted by the American Bar Association and the National Legal Aid & Defender Association. Read the full press release.