Maryland SB 823 would eliminate juvenile justice system fines and fees. Specifically, the bill would eliminate court fees and support costs for the detention and/or treatment of youth, and abolish fines imposed on youth and their families.
On Wednesday, November 28, FFJC Co-Director Joanna Weiss moderated a New York City Bar Association panel about New York’s mandatory surcharges. Joanna was joined by NY State Supreme Court’s Hon. Daniel …
Over the past three decades, Florida has created more than 20 new types of fines and fees and enacted 50 new fines and fees statutes.
Fines and fees make New York’s communities less safe, they perpetuate and exacerbate poverty, and they extract millions of dollars from the most vulnerable among us, particularly communities of color. The fines and fees issue hurting the most New Yorkers is driver’s license suspension for Traffic Debt.
This legislation discharges all outstanding debt owed by families on behalf of justice-involved youth and mandates that the county inform all affected parents and guardians that they should cease payment as soon as possible. The total amount of debt discharged was over $89 million.
FFJC Co-Director Joanna Weiss participated in a Smart on Crime Innovations Conference panel about eliminating “user fees” in the justice system.
In the summer of 2018, New Orleans became the first city in the South to abolish fees charged to youth involved in the juvenile justice system.
Under the leadership of newly elected Mayor London Breed, San Francisco Treasurer Jose Cisneros and the Financial Justice Project, San Francisco just became the first American jurisdiction to abolish its …
In 2017, the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, Financial Justice Project, and Mayor’s Office of Budget and Public Policy studied the collateral consequences of criminal justice administrative fees on San Franciscans. Their findings were published in this report, which also coincides with 2018 San Francisco County legislation that abolished all discretionary fees imposed by the county.
This report reveals that California programs and services supported by revenue from fines and fees have been compromised by low-income motorists’ inability to pay those fines and fees.