Evenson Childs et al. v. Ravalli County et al.

The Ravalli County justice system operates a wealth-based discrimination scheme that imposes exorbitant fees on individuals in the pretrial system—that is, individuals who have yet to be tried for any crime, let alone convicted. After arrested individuals post bail, the Sheriff's Office's pretrial services division requires them to pay additional fees associated with a variety of supervision tools, including ankle monitoring, alcohol breathalyzers, twice-daily in-person drug tests, and any administrative costs of supervision. The result is an extreme burden on pretrial supervisees, the majority of whom are indigent.

Upper Seven Law has partnered as local co-counsel with fellow nonprofit law firm, Equal Justice Under Law, to bring this case.

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