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Backers tout program helping drivers get licenses reinstated


Added 08-14-19 02:03:01am EST - “Backers of a pilot program waiving or reducing reinstatement fees for Ohioans with suspended driver's licenses are touting the trial's results in hopes of making the program permanent.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Backers tout program helping drivers get licenses reinstated”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Backers of a pilot program waiving or reducing reinstatement fees for Ohioans with suspended driver’s licenses are touting the trial’s results in hopes of making the program permanent.

The Ohio Poverty Law Center and Southeastern Ohio Legal Services plan to discuss the Reinstatement Fee Amnesty Initiative Wednesday.

The program began as a six-month pilot in January but was later extended to the end of this year. It’s part of a national effort to rethink the use of bail, bond, court costs and fees, which critics say disproportionately impact the poorest defendants.

Eligible offenders must be at least 18 months beyond their suspensions and have completed all court-ordered sanctions besides paying the reinstatement fees. Their offenses can’t have been drug-, alcohol- or deadly weapon-related.

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