As N.P.R. reported in May, services that “were once free, including those that are constitutionally required,” are now frequently billed to offenders: the cost of a public defender, room and board when jailed, probation and parole supervision, electronic monitoring devices, arrest warrants, drug and alcohol testing, and D.N.A. sampling. This can go to extraordinary lengths: in Washington state, N.P.R. found, offenders even “get charged a fee for a jury trial — with a 12-person jury costing $250, twice the fee for a six-person jury.”
The sword has a slightly wavy temper line, and a silver collar with gilt reinforcement panels. It features a moko pattern tsuba with raised floral and insect designs made from gold and green stone.
The hilt is adorned with a turtle shell veneer, with gilt insects on the fuchi, gold accented broomstick and fly menuki, and a pair of serrated gold panels securing the kashira, which is decorated with a bronze bodied, golden eyed frog perched on a green leaf.
The sword has a dark brown lacquered scabbard, adorned with white moths, gold accented insect themed fittings, a black suspension cord and a kogatana with 5 symbol signature on the blade and a scene of birds in flight over a body of water on the grip.