Local Government Reliance on Fines and Fees to Raise Revenues Hurts Residents and Communities

Posted to Applied Web NY on Tue, 06/16/2020 - 08:06

"Reliance on fines and fees as a source of revenue – and separated from any policy goals – creates and perpetuates economic harm, as research indicates that they tend to be imposed on low-income communities and communities of color at higher rates. This imposition of debt coupled with a lack of alternatives to satisfying the debt (payment plans, community service alternatives, etc) can trap those with few resources in a cycle of debt."

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