Legislation supported by SCoTX Chief seeks to end debtors’ prison in Texas.

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Controversial practice of jailing Texans too poor to pay fines for petty offenses, such as traffic tickets, could be coming to an end following House vote in support of plan by Rep. Canales



HB 351 also addresses the concerns of one of the more influential leaders in state: Nathan L. Hecht, the 27th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas.

“Jailing criminal defendants who cannot pay their fines and court costs commonly called debtors’ prison – keeps them from jobs, hurts their families, makes them dependent on society, and costs the taxpayers money. Most importantly, it is illegal under the United States Constitution,” Hecht said during his State of Judiciary in Texas, which he delivered to the Texas Legislature at the Capitol on Wednesday, February 1, 2017.


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