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articles  |   The Cost of Justice: The Impact of Criminal Justice Financial Obligations on Individuals and Families

Published: August 1, 2018
Monetary penalties, such as court costs, fees, and fines, are common sanctions levied by the criminal justice system. While these sanctions are used to offset court operations’ costs, the financial burden disproportionately impacts those from lower socioeconomic levels and minority communities. By negatively impacting credit scores, suspending opportunities for driving and professional licensure, and shifting financial burdens to family members, criminal justice debt threatens the foundations of a crime-free life: employment, housing, healthy relationships, and meeting basic living needs. This article summarizes survey findings gleaned from a population of justice-involved individuals to gain insight into the impacts of court costs, fees, and fines on individuals and families in Illinois. Most respondents reported receiving no explanation of their financial obligations, made less than $15,000, and had to forgo basic needs to pay legal debts.



publications  |   The Cost of Justice: The Impact of Criminal Justice Financial Obligations on Individuals and Families

Published: August 1, 2018
Monetary penalties, such as court costs, fees, and fines, are common sanctions levied by the criminal justice system. While these sanctions are used to offset court operations’ costs, the financial burden disproportionately impacts those from lower socioeconomic levels and minority communities. This article summarizes survey findings gleaned from a population of justice-involved individuals to gain insight into the impacts of court costs, fees, and fines on individuals and families in Illinois. Most respondents reported receiving no explanation of their financial obligations, made less than $15,000, and had to forgo basic needs to pay legal debts.