The old adage is that numbers don’t lie. The work of this coalition is steeped not only in community, but also in research. The reports below give a glimpse into the various ways in which the criminal legal system – and the collections practices that fuel it – harm impacted communities. Community education for those who have not been impacted by these systems is vital to developing a broad and informed movement.

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County of Los Angeles: Chief Executive Office

Report Back on Addressing Fines and Fees Associated with Criminal Justice Involvement 


Let’s Get Free LA

Costs of Injustice

How Criminal System Fees Are Hurting Los Angeles County Families

SF Financial Justice Project

Criminal Justice Administrative Fees

High Pain for People, Low Gain for Government

Berkeley Law

Making Families Pay

The harmful, unlawful, and costly practice of charging juvenile administrative fees in California


Pay or Prey

How the Alameda County criminal justice system extracts wealth from marginalized communities

Western Center on Law & Poverty

The Problem with Probation

A Study of The Economic and Racial Impact of Probation Fees in California

California Reinvesment Coalition

Unholy Alliance

California Courts’ Use of Private Debt Collectors