North Dakota state law requires that defendants in drug cases be tested on a regular basis, as a part of their bond agreements, to ensure they aren’t using.

But what happens if they can’t afford it? Someone facing criminal charges probably finds themselves in a precarious employment situation, at best, and drug testing can run in the ballpark of $300 per month. That’s on top of whatever expenses the defendant must pay to defend themselves in court.

As a recent case in Minot illustrates, if you can’t pay for the mandated drug testing you fail the test by default. Per the Minot Daily News, defense attorney Ashley Gulke told the court this amounts to something like debtor’s prison for her client:

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