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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 to their inability to pay. Criminal Justice Debt is a complicated and wide-reaching issue. Our Campaign to Curb Criminal Justice Debt is working to address these harms from a variety of angles.
about court debt
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 are itemized payments for court activities, supervision, or incarceration charged to defendants and used to support operational costs in the criminal justice system.
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.