University of Michigan Law School
Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse
Title "Justice Network v. Craighead County"
Date June 19, 2017
Author Fine & Fees Justice Center
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Abstract This case was brought by a private probation company, Justice Network, Inc. (JNI). JNI had exclusive control of administering and collecting all misdemeanor probation fees in Craighead County. Contracts between JNI and each individual probationer stipulated that JNI would provide probation services for a monthly fee paid by the probationer. When probationers missed a fine/fee payment or any other provision of their probation, JNI sought arrest warrants, new restitution orders from the court, and imposed additional fines on probationers. The Craighead County established an Amnesty Program forgiving fees owed to JNI by the probationers. JNI sued the County and two district court judges to recoup the fees.

Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law filed an amicus brief in support of the defendants, highlighting the “perversity” of the plaintiffs who collected over “half a million dollars” from largely underprivileged residents in Craighead County.
Source Fine & Fees Justice Center

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case Justice Network v. Craighead County (CJ-AR-0005)

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