Dear Friends, The House Judiciary Committee will hold a vote on Thursday, February 16 on HB 1783, which would reform Legal Financial Obligations (LFO’s). LFO’s are the fees, fines, restitution, and costs imposed by a court on top of a prison sentence. LFO’s often make it difficult for formerly incarcerated people to regain their lives and become well-functioning members of society, and this bill would seek to ease their transition back into public life. HB 1783 has three major provisions:
- Eliminates accrual of interest (now at 12%) on non-restitution LFO’s.
- Prohibits a court from imposing non-restitution LFO’s on a defendant who is indigent at the time of sentencing.
- Places restitution first in line to receive LFO payments.
You can find more information about the bill here. We have also attached a one-page summary to this email which we hope you will find helpful. HB 1783 is an issue that Quaker Voice has been working on for over a decade, and is one of our major priorities in the legislature this year. Please take a moment to call or email your representatives and urge them to support HB 1783.