Today [Thursday] a new law goes into effect in Washington that could lower the debt burdens faced by many formerly incarcerated people.
Last month, we told you about legal financial obligations, or LFOs. Those are the fees imposed by courts on people who are convicted of everything from felonies to traffic tickets. In many cases, defendants are hit with thousands of dollars in charges, everything from court filing costs to crime victim funds to the costs of hiring a public defender.
The new law makes several changes.