Shriver Center Brings Advocates Together to Fight Fines and Fees

Over 70 advocates from across the country gathered to discuss advocacy strategies to end driver’s license suspensions for unpaid fines and fees and end fees for juvenile offenses.

Fines and fees imposed on individuals who have contact with the police or criminal legal system can threaten economic stability for individuals as well as entire families. Because of structural racism in the criminal justice system, fines and fees have a disproportionate impact on communities of color, and they can be particularly devastating when imposed on families for juvenile offenses.

This month, the Shriver Center on Poverty Law’s Legal Impact Network, in partnership with the Western Center on Law and Poverty and Berkeley Law’s Policy Advocacy Clinic, sponsored a convening on fines and fees in Chicago.

Over 70 advocates from across the country gathered to discuss advocacy strategies to end driver’s license suspensions for unpaid fines and fees and end fees for juvenile offenses. 

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Contact with the police or criminal legal system can threaten the economic stability for individuals as well as entire families.

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