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

The Ravalli County justice system has been operating 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. The Sheriff's Office's pretrial services division requires arrested individuals to pay not only for bail, but also to pay fees associated with a variety of supervision tools, including ankle monitoring, alcohol breathalyzers, twice-daily in-person drug tests, and the like. The result is debtor's prison and it is unconstitutional.

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

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