Tom Barrett returned to the convenience store where he stole a can of beer. He spent time in jail, not for the crime, but because he couldn't afford the fines and fees that went along with wearing an electronic monitoring device. Joseph Shapiro/NPR hide caption

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Measures Aimed At Keeping People Out Of Jail Punish The Poor
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Court Fees Drive Many Poor Defendants Underground
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Kyle Dewitt was sentenced to three days in jail after he was unable to pay fees associated with catching a fish out of season. Joseph Shapiro/NPR hide caption

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Supreme Court Ruling Not Enough To Prevent Debtors Prisons
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Big Fees For The Big Easy's Poorest Defendants
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Unpaid Court Fees Land The Poor In 21st Century Debtors' Prisons
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The proliferation of court fees has prompted some states, like New Jersey, to use amnesty programs to encourage the thousands of people who owe fines to surrender in exchange for fee reductions. At the Fugitive Safe Surrender program, makeshift courtrooms allow judges to individually handle each case. Nicole Beemsterboer/NPR hide caption

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As Court Fees Rise, The Poor Are Paying The Price
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Feds List Schools Under Investigation For Abuse Claims
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After the University of Michigan increased its efforts to prevent sexual assaults on campus, reports increased by 113 percent. Erin/Flickr hide caption

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Campus Rape Reports Are Up, And Assaults Aren't The Only Reason
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Small Gains, But Much Left To Fix, In Campus Sexual Assault Cases
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Lt. Gen. Mark Milley speaks to reporters April 2 regarding the second shooting in five years on the Fort Hood Army post in Texas. Drew Anthony Smith/Getty Images hide caption

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Navy Yard Shooter Struggled With Growing Mental Issues
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In 2008, Michael Mastromarino was sentenced in a New York City courtroom for enterprise corruption, body stealing and reckless endangerment. Jesse Ward/AP hide caption

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Frank Morris (in the apron and visor) stands in front of his shoe shop in Ferriday, La., in the 1950s. He was killed when his shop burned down in 1964. Courtesy of the Concordia Sentinel and William Brown hide caption

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Turning Up The Heat On Civil Rights-Era Cold Cases
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Jasper Burchfield was a 36-year-old part-time constable when he shot and killed Queen in 1965. Joseph Shapiro/NPR hide caption

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Justice In The Segregated South: A New Look At An Old Killing
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