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Deborah Archer, a professor at New York University School of Law with expertise in civil rights and racial justice, has become the first Black person in the 101-year history of the American Civil Liberties Union to be elected its president.

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From low level offenders trying to get back on track to those who simply can’t afford to a pay a traffic ticket, fines and court fees sometimes have to be put on hold just to keep the lights on. It’s a decision that sometimes will only make things worse. But more and more people continue to get stuck deeper in the criminal justice system because they just don’t have enough money to pay a fine.

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From low level offenders trying to get back on track to those who simply can’t afford to a pay a traffic ticket, fines and court fees sometimes have to be put on hold just to keep the lights on. It’s a decision that sometimes will only make things worse. But more and more people continue to get stuck deeper in the criminal justice system because they just don’t have enough money to pay a fine.

From low level offenders trying to get back on track to those who simply can’t afford to a pay a traffic ticket, fines and court fees sometimes have to be put on hold just to keep the lights on. It’s a decision that sometimes will only make things worse. But more and more people continue to get stuck deeper in the criminal justice system because they just don’t have enough money to pay a fine.

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Arrests in Charleston-area counties are down as the coronavirus pandemic slows or stops many aspects of daily life. The criminal justice system has also slowed, and local attorneys are focused on keeping the system going, even remotely.