Fair Treatment of Indigent Defendants

How Do We Treat Low-Income Defendants Fairly?

The City of Austin is hosting a community meeting to discuss fair treatment of those defendants who are unable to pay fines assessed to them in Municipal or Downtown Austin Community Court. We want your feedback as we shape new policy

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  • Which City of Austin court was your most recent involvement with?

    At either court, do you feel you were treated fairly by the judge?

    In 2016, were you or a family member committed to jail for not paying a court ordered fine?

    In 2016, if you or a family member were committed to jail for not paying a court-ordered fine, were you asked about your ability to pay?

    In 2016, if you or a family member were committed to jail for not paying a court-ordered fine, were you offered an alternative payment or sentencing option like community service or case management?