In Debt Due to Your Own Arrest? The Truth About Fines & Fees


Connecticut charges people $249 per day in prison for room and board fees.

NowThis, in collaboration with Galaxy Gives and  Reform Alliance, created a short video detailing how Americans face criminal justice debt. Americans face millions of dollars of debt each year from contact with the criminal legal system. Criminal justice debt can derive from court fees, probation costs, fines from low-level infractions, and incarceration costs. People are also jailed for failure to pay fines and fees. People reentering their community often face obstacles to getting their lives back on track, such as finding employment and housing. Fine and fee debt can become an additional obstacle as they navigate the process, and advocates nationwide are working toward reform.

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