Fines and Fees

Fees and Fines: The Criminalization of Poverty by Kiren Jahangeer, The Public Lawyer (Winter 2019).


Across the nation, offenders are burdened with excessive fees and fines, most of whom are already economically marginalized.  The author argues that this has contributed to the negative perception of the justice system.  This subject is interesting to consider alongside the recent Supreme Court decision in the civil forfeiture case of Timbs v. Indiana (No. 17–1091), which held that the Eighth Amendment’s Excessive Fines Clause is applicable to the States.

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