Apr 22, 2016 10:41 AM

Judge, ACLU lawyers propose ruling to slow jailing of needy who fail to pay fines

CONCORD - Judges and lawyers for the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union have hammered out a proposed rule change that would halt the jailing of the needy who fail to pay fines until a lawyer can be appointed for them.

A top administrative judge says the rule should ensure that only flagrant violators might wind up behind bars, even if they have lawyers.

The proposed rule change comes six months after the ACLU released results of a fyearlong analysis that showed that scores o defendants who owed fines for minor offenses were jailed in lieu of payment.

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