ATLANTA – The ACLU of Georgia filed a motion on behalf of Charles “Skip” Eckartz, a 63-year-old disabled Vietnam veteran, to waive the nearly $9,000 in fines and fees of his probation. Mr. Eckartz and his wife survive on a fixed monthly income of $966, which comes from Social Security and VA disability benefits. His financial position makes it impossible for him to pay his probation fees and fines. Georgia has the highest probation rate in the nation, and probation violations send people back to prison at an alarming rate.
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