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Amicus Brief in Support of Indigent Defendants Charged with Unaffordable Criminal Fines and Fees

March 1, 2021
Consumer Finance
Amicus Brief

From the amicus brief:

Unpaid court debt balloons over time as fines and the costs of collection accrue; low-income people risk wage garnishment, asset forfeiture, loss of credit, and even incarceration as collateral consequences of their continued entanglement with the criminal justice system. These burdens fall most heavily on people of color, who are arrested and placed on probation at disproportionate rates compared to white people.