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Bill Would Eliminate Fines, Fees Associated With Justice System

Posted 10/5/20

Citing the disproportionate effect on low-income families of court fees and other legal costs, legislators and advocates are calling for their elimination, saying they prevent people caught up in the criminal-justice system from rebuilding their lives. 

Legislation being introduced by Sen. Julia Salazar and Assembly Member Yuh-Line Niou would abolish mandatory minimum fines and garnishment of commissary accounts. It also would eliminate jail sentences imposed on people who failed to pay them. 

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