San Francisco + San José + Oakland

How Fines and Fees Harm Californians

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Fines, fees and other legal monetary sanctions burden millions of Californians and disproportionately impact low-income people and communities of color. These mechanisms trap people in a byzantine and punitive system that can cause things like traffic tickets to cost thousands of dollars, contributing to a two-tiered system of justice where some are burdened more than others. However, recent policy changes at both the local and state level are attempting to reform this unfair and unjust system of fines and fees. Come hear how the Bay Area is proving itself a leader in the critical efforts to eliminate regressive fees and deliver equitable fines.

+ Stephanie Campos-Bui / UC Berkeley Policy Advocacy Clinic
+ Elisa Della-Piana / Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area
+ Jacob Denney / SPUR
+ Anne Stuhldreher / San Francisco Financial Justice Project
+ Paul Briley / Legal Services for Prisoners with Children & All of Us or None




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