To visit someone in a Michigan state prison, you have to fill out an application and send it to the Department of Corrections with a self-addressed envelope. A couple of months after I mailed mine in, they sent me a sheet of paper saying that I was not approved to see either of my two sons, Harvey and Antwan, who are incarcerated.
Thanks to a 2016 lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, Solano County Superior Court is one of the Northern California courts that has now agreed to stop suspending the driver’s licenses of traffic offenders that can’t afford to pay their fines.
Last week, Solano County Superior Court agreed to a first of its kind settlement in California that offers low-income people like Austin some relief from crushing traffic ticket debt and penalties that so often lead to a license suspension.
Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil Sakauye, in her annual address to the Legislature, outlines the judicial branch's progress and touches on issues of fair and equity in access to justice. View transcript + video