Memo: Voters Support Reducing the Use of Fines and Fees in Sentencing

By Data for Progress and The Justice Collaborative

Executive Summary

  • Sixty-four percent of voters support restricting the use of fines and fees to those who are able to pay.

  • Support for this proposal has broad, majority support across all ideological identifications, age group, and income brackets.

  • There are a variety of ways in which state and local officials can end the criminalization of poverty, including eliminating criminal system fees, limiting the use of fines, and requiring strong ability-to-pay evaluations and alternatives to court debt.

Memo: The End Money Bail Act (The Justice Collaborative)

In the 2020 Presidential Primary, candidates have taken increasingly progressive stances on many aspects of the criminal justice system, including growing calls to end our unjust money bail system.

Here, we compare these policies to our ideal policy, the End Money Bail Act, progressive and common sense legislation designed to dismantle America’s destructive money bail system.

The bill would encourage state and local governments to replace unjust and discriminatory money bail systems with more equitable pretrial release programs, while creating mechanisms for robust data collection to make sure these new systems are both fair and effective. The bill represents the most robust, equitable, and evidence-based approach to systemic pretrial reform at the local level.