Philadelphia Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity

Barriers to Re-Entry: Fines, Fees and the Criminalization of Poverty, July 19

Posted on June 25, 2019
Please join us on July 19, 2019, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM at United Way, 1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

Due to overwhelming demand, we have moved the location of this event to accommodate a larger audience. This event is now being co-sponsored by the Gittis Center for Clinical Legal Studies at the University of Pennsylvania’s Law School and will be held on Penn’s campus. If you tried to register previously and were unable to do so, additional slots have been opened but remain limited, so please register today!

July 19, 2019 │ 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Penn Law School │ 3501 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Criminal court fines and fees are a significant barrier to re-entry for justice-involved individuals. While they exist on the principle that the cost of criminal justice should be shared by those in the system, according the San Francisco’s Financial Justice Project, “Steep fines and fees can be a ‘lose-lose’ for citizens and for government. Research has shown that fines and fees that are levied on people with modest incomes are often high pain (hitting poor people particularly hard) but low gain, bringing in less revenue than expected.” At this roundtable we will discuss the impact of fines and fees, and will hear about alternatives currently being implemented by other municipalities.

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