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.