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May 2023    /   Pretrial /   Probation

Debt Sentence: How Fines and Fees Hurt Working Families

by Wilson Center for Science and Justice and the Fines and Fees Justice Center

Study of how court-imposed fines and fees affect people, especially working families/those in poverty. Explores the scale of fines and fees; their impacts in areas such as housing, food security, employment, childcare, health, and transportation; patterns across race, income, presence of children, marital status, and political affiliation; and how people interact with the court system to understand and attempt to resolve their fines and fees.

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