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Friday, May 10 • 10:15am - 11:45am
Top Ten Best Policies for State and Local Fines and Fees Regimes

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Across the country, legislators annually close gaps in their budgets by imposing fines and fees on individuals caught up in state and local justice systems. These hidden taxes have become a significant part of state and local government financing but they are harmful and regressive. They exacerbate racial disparities, penalize people for being poor, undercut the integrity of the justice system, and prevent people from escaping poverty. Reform efforts are accelerating. But what are the best governmental policies and practices? Join us in this conversation that can be helpful in your own work and that can also help to align strategic reform initiatives that advocates are pursuing across the country. Panelists and the full group will consider strengths and weaknesses of approaches that include eliminating driver’s license suspensions for failure to pay court debt, making "inability to pay" hearings real, capping municipal revenue from fines and fees, allowing community service, requiring impact statements before adoption of new fines and fees, and more.


Lisa Foster

Co-Director, Fines & Fees Justice Center
Lisa Foster is co-founder and co-director of the Fines and Fees Justice Center. Lisa is a retired judge and the former Director of the Office for Access to Justice at the United States Department of Justice. As a California Superior Court Judge in San Diego, where she served for ten... Read More →
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David Udell

National Center for Access to Justice, Executive Director
David Udell is the Founder and Executive Director of the National Center for Access to Justice, ncforaj.org, a nonprofit organization housed at Fordham Law School that relies on research and data to increase justice. David guides NCAJ’s initiatives, including the Justice Index... Read More →

Friday May 10, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am
Marriott Ballroom Salon 8