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Sunday, June 27, 2021

DPCC Passes Resolution to End Financial Debt Punishment of the Poor

Like many other US states, Oregon imposes legal fines and fees on people who have contact with the the criminal justice system, even if they aren't convicted of a crime. Even small fees can be impossible for many people to pay, and penalty charges for non-payment quickly mount, so those who are unable to pay these fees get caught in a web of increasing debt. It's an unfair, two-tiered system. 

In Resolution No. 21-002, the Democratic Party of Clackamas County calls on Oregon's legislature and Gov. Kate Brown to establish a commission to study and make recommendations on how to reform and eliminate the unfair burden the current system places on the poor.

The full resolution is below.