As 2017 comes to an end, we wanted to take this opportunity to recap some of the milestones that Equal Justice Under Law has achieved in the past few months:
*A huge victory in our Michigan lawsuit to end the state’s unjust wealth-based drivers’ license suspension laws
*Major wins in our fight to dismantle the money bail system in California and throughout the U.S.
*A settlement shutting down abusive private probation practices in Tennessee
*Helping a mother living in poverty to visit her incarcerated sons
*A major win in our challenge to America’s discriminatory War on Drugs
We are grateful for our accomplishments, yet there is still so much work to be done. At this moment, nearly 450,000 Americans across the country sit in jail solely because they are too poor to post bail. Hundreds of thousands of people with safe driving records – including single mothers and those caring for the elderly – have had their driver’s licenses suspended because they cannot afford to pay minor infractions or court costs. Private probation companies continue to prey on people living in poverty, extorting thousands of dollars and putting hundreds of people in jail because of their inability to pay minor fines.
None of these accomplishments would be possible without support from people like you. Your support is critical to allowing Equal Justice Under Law to finish out 2017 strong, so that we can continue to fight for those who are experiencing the devastating effects of a criminal justice system that punishes people for being poor.
Please wrap up your year by supporting our work and helping to end inequality in our justice system.