How to Use Budgets to Understand Criminal Justice Fines and Fees

The Vera Institute of Justice published a toolkit to help advocates analyze local budgets to better understand the impact of fines and fees and where reforms are needed. The publication details what to look for in budgets, questions to answer, and what to do with the information you find.  

You can access the toolkit here

Four Questions to answer about Fines and Fees: 

  • How much does your community collect in fines and fees?
  • How many people pay fines and fees?
  • What kinds of fines and fees are collected? 
  • Which agencies rely the most on fines and fees?
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