Fines and fees make recessions worse.

During the Great Recession, jurisdictions across the country increased the amount of existing fines and fees, introduced new fees, and made their budgets more reliant on fine and fee revenue. But fines and fees didn’t get us out of the recession. They exacerbated poverty, fueled policing-for-profit, and trapped millions in debt. 

Has your locality changed their fines and fees policies during the COVID-19 recession? Have they made them better or worse?

Stimulus money is being taken from people who owe fines and fees

People who owe fines and fees can have their stimulus payments taken from them. Though the CARES Act and ARPA were intended to promote an equitable recovery, we’re seeing an alarming number of corrections departments, state and local governments garnishing stimulus checks from people who need it most.

We can end this misguided policy.

Relying on fines and fees to raise funds hurts everyone — families, businesses and government. For our communities to flourish again, we must reform our fines and fees policies and move toward more equitable, effective ways of funding governments.

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Get the latest fines and fees reforms news, action alerts and advocacy resources from FFJC.