Fixing Pennsylvania’s Debtors’ Prisons

Legislative Remedies

2019 Proposed Rules Changes

In March 2019, the Rules Committee released a revised proposal that would address how magisterial district courts impose and collect court fines and costs. While this revised proposal was responsive to some of the comments submitted in 2018 (detailed below), we believe that it still needs to be improved. 
 
Read the Committee's proposal here. We have put together a summary of that proposal, as well as our reactions to it here. Our complete comments are below.
 
This proposal was out for public comment through May 2019 and garnered a number of comments. Those that the ACLU has copies of are posted here: 
 

2018 Proposed Rules Changes

In January 2018, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s Criminal Procedural Rules Committee proposed reforming the way that magisterial district courts impose and collect court fines and costs.

Read the Committee’s proposal here. We have put together a summary of that proposal, as well as our reactions to it here. Our complete comments are below.

The Committee’s proposal was out for public comment through February 2018, and it garnered a number of comments.  Those that the ACLU has copies of are posted here:

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