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TYPES OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE DEBT

The Committee to Curb Criminal Justice Debit seeks to address systemic injustices connected to use of fines, fees, and bail.

FINES

Fines are monetary punishments
imposed for infractions, misdemeanors or felonies.


Excessive fines disproportionately affect the poor, destabilizing those already living at the economic margins and further leading to cycles of poverty and imprisonment

FEES

Fees are itemized payments for court activities, supervision, or incarceration

charged to defendants and used

to support operational costs in the criminal justice system.

 

Inability to pay leads to additional fees, which can trap the poor in never ending cycles of debt.

 

BAIL

Bail is a bond payment for a defendant's release from jail. Bail is posted prior to court proceedings.

Each year, thousands of people sit in jail only because they can’t afford to post bail, placing them at risk of losing their jobs and other collateral consequences.

ABOUT COURT DEBT

Through systems of debt, indigent defendants

remain entangled in the criminal justice system before being convicted of a crime and long after serving their sentence,

at times ending up back behind bars due their inability to pay.

OUR WORK

Criminal Justice Debt is a complicated and
wide reaching issue. We are working to address these harms
from a variety of angles. Click below to learn more
about our strategies and work.

GET INVOLVED

If you are interested in working with The Committee to Curb Criminal Justice Debt, contact Denise Chai at denise.chaimulkerin@gmail.com to learn more.