Justice fees are sentencing millions of families to a lifetime of debt.

Justice fees are hidden taxes that governments charge at multiple points of interaction with the criminal justice system, regardless of your guilt or innocence. These fees are attached to minor traffic tickets, ‘free’ public defenders, and even emergency medical care when you’re in jail. Their sole purpose is to raise revenue for governments.

If you can’t afford to pay these fees, you risk license suspension, arrest, and jail. People living paycheck-to-paycheck and communities of color are disproportionately impacted by fees, but anyone who misses just one payment can be trapped in a cycle of debt and punishment.

End Justice Fees is the first national campaign dedicated to ending fees in the justice system and putting money back in the pockets of working families.

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Is your state or municipality imposing justice fees?

Explore our national fee survey maps to see which states have authorized supervision fees, electronic monitoring fees, warrant fees and more. You’ll also see examples of how fees are being charged at the state and local level.

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Dozens of states and localities are driving fee elimination reform

Across the nation multiple states and localities are choosing to end justice system fees and eliminate their associated debt. View our reform map and legislation list to read more about recently passed reforms and pending legislation.

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Resources

Are you ready to start thinking about fee reform in your community? Do you want to learn more about the problem of fees across the nation? Visit our resources page.

News & Commentary
Press Release: National Campaign to Eliminate Justice System Fees Launches Today

Today, a bipartisan coalition spearheaded by the Fines and Fees Justice Center, Americans for Prosperity, and the ACLU is launching the End Justice Fees campaign — the first national campaign to eliminate all fees in the justice system and discharge fee debt.

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Hidden Taxes Don’t Belong Anywhere, Least of All in Our Justice System

Picture this: On your way home from work after a long week, you’re pulled over and issued a ticket for rolling through a stop sign. The fine is $75 — but once mandatory fees are tacked on, the ticket’s total cost is over $300.

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Why Is the Nevada Department of Corrections Profiting off Struggling Families?

Most people assume that necessities like food and emergency medical care are provided for people locked up in prisons and jails. In Nevada, they come at a steep cost — and it’s struggling families who are paying exorbitant prices to provide for their incarcerated loved ones, while the Department of Corrections (DOC) makes outrageous profits.

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