December 26, 2015 1:15 PM

Time to end our modern-day debtors’ prisons

The proliferation of court fees and the costs incurred by the state to collect them have prompted some judges, politicians and lawmakers to question whether the practice has gone too far

All defendants, regardless of their income level, are required to pay general court fees, which are currently $173 in district court and $198 in superior court in North Carolina

If these fees continue to increase at the same rate, they will exceed $500 by the year 2025

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