Curious about right-sizing penalties with ODR? eCourts 2018 had a great session on this topic that is now available to stream. View the video.
On Monday, December 11, 2018, the eCourts conference held a session on Right-Sizing Penalties with Technology. The session featured:
- Elizabeth Lucas, Implementation & Court Services Director, Administrative Office of the Courts, Kentucky
- Judge Alexis Krot, 31st District Court, Hamtramck, Michigan
- Prof. J.J. Prescott, University of Michigan Law Professor, Matterhorn Founder
Right-Sizing Penalties with ODR Session Video
Poverty is not a crime, yet those at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder often find themselves incarcerated for no reason other than their inability to pay court fines and fees. Two projects aim to avert this escalation, and develop alternatives to incarceration, by including the assessment of ability-to-pay in the sentencing and penalties phase of a court case. The Michigan 31st District Court uses an online ability to pay assessment developed at the University of Michigan. The AOC of Kentucky added payment plans and assessments to its online ticket resolution early in 2018. Learn from the experiences of these courts on how you might apply this approach to your community.
Learn more about Right-Sizing Penalties
- Download the conference presentation (PDF from the eCourts website)
- Hear more from Judge Krot
- Learn more about Matterhorn ODR in Kentucky
- Learn more about the assessment of ability to pay with Matterhorn