MA moves to guarantee counsel for all fees/fines incarceration

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04/13/2018, Legislation, Incarceration for Fees/Fines (incomplete)

ALM GL ch. 127, § 145(b), added in 2018, specifies that “A court shall not commit a person to a correctional facility for non-payment of money owed if such a person is not represented by counsel for the commitment proceeding, unless such person has waived counsel. A person deemed indigent for the purpose of being offered counsel and who is assigned counsel for the commitment portion of a proceeding solely for the nonpayment of money owed shall not be assessed a fee for such counsel.”

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no