The California Movement to End Inequitable Fines and Fees

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The San Francisco Foundation

1 Embarcadero Center

#1400

San Francisco, CA 94111

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Too often, government programs and courts levy burdensome fines and fees on people, partly to generate revenue to balance public budgets. There is often an insidious and unintended impact of this practice: to entrap low-income people in long-term cycles of debt and entrench them in poverty. Low-income people and people of color are often hit the hardest. These financial penalties can make government a driver of inequality, rather than an equalizer.

Through the tireless work of legal services, community organizations, and public agencies, California advanced several ‘first-of-its-kind’ reforms last year to reduce the negative impacts of fines and fees. Many statewide reforms are also bubbling up across the state. Coalitions are meeting, planning, and growing to advance major reforms for 2019 and beyond.

To learn more, please join us for an informative discussion.

The California Movement to End Inequitable Fines and Fees

January 31, 2019 l 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Optional Networking Lunch from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Location: San Francisco Foundation

One Embarcadero Center, Suite 1400, San Francisco, CA 94111


Panelists will include:

  • Theresa Zhen and Brandon Greene, East Bay Community Law Center
  • Ellen McDonnell and Brandon Banks, Contra Costa Public Defender’s Office
  • Kelly Dunn, Rubicon Programs, Inc.
  • Anne Stuhldreher and Christa Brown – The Financial Justice Project
  • Dauras Cyprian, All of Us or None
  • Jhumpa Bhattacharya, Insight Center for Community Economic Development

Panelists will discuss the elimination of fines and fees associated with criminal justice administration and present the broader impact of government-levied fines and fines that strip resources from Californians who are burdened by income inequality. Funders and advocates are invited to learn about actionable ways to support the movement to eliminate inequitable fines and fees.

Please contact Taylor Craft if you have any questions at (415) 733-8535 or tcraft@sff.org.







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San Francisco, CA 94111

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