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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In this photo from the mid-1960s, Kirk Gable, a co-founder of the electronic monitoring belt, uses war surplus missile-tracking equipment to track young adult offenders who are wearing the first electronic monitoring devices. Courtesy of Robert Gable hide caption

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Poor People Can Pay Twice After Committing A Crime

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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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Court User Fees Bill Defendants For Their Punishment

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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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Onscreen But Out Of Sight, TV Preachers Avoid Tax Scrutiny

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