Join us on Thursday, April 1, 2021, from 6 - 7 p.m. for our Legislative Learning Session about our work to reform our unfair system of fines and fees. Our Policy and Community Engagement staff will be on hand to discuss the legislative call to create a system where people's inability to pay doesn't determine their punishment.
HF 306/SF 902 and HF 336/SF 432, our bills to get this done, end driver’s license suspensions for unpaid traffic tickets, require courts to consider someone’s ability to pay fines and fees, and increase the court’s discretion to waive court surcharges.
Reforming Minnesota’s system of escalating fines and excessive fees would allow people to keep their licenses, keep their jobs, and stay out of jail for low-level violations. It would make the court system more equitable, regardless of people’s ability to pay.
We support this legislation, and we want to empower you to become an advocate for justice in this under-examined area of our criminal justice system.