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Report from the Brennan Center for Justice Highlights the Steep Costs of Criminal Justice Fees and Fines

A wealth of evidence has shown that the system of fees and fines imposed on defendants by criminal courts works against the goal of rehabilitation and creates a major barrier to people reentering society after a conviction. They are often unable to pay hundreds or thousands of dollars in accumulated court debt; when debt leads to incarceration or license suspension it becomes even harder to find a job or housing or to pay child support. There’s also little evidence that imposing onerous fees and fines improves public safety.

The analyis in The Steep Costs of Criminal Justice Fees and Fines report shows that in addition to thwarting rehabilitation and failing to improve public safety, criminal court fees and fines also fail at efficiently raising revenue.

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New America Releases Report about Closing the Skill Gap for Incarcerated Adults
 

As the overwhelming majority of those in U.S. prisons will rejoin society, it is imperative to prepare these individuals to transition by providing effective rehabilitative programs. Equipping Individuals for Life Beyond Bars finds that although there is a gap between adults who are incarcerated and the general public in both literacy and numeracy skills, completion of a postsecondary credential or participation in job training while incarcerated ameliorates this gap.
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Register for Webinar about Strategies to Alleviate the Adult Literacy Gap
 

Hosted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Family Assistance

Date: Thursday, Dec. 12
Time: 1–2:30 p.m. ET
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Over 36 million adults in the United States cannot read, write, or do basic math above a third grade level. Further, 43 percent of adults with the lowest literacy levels live in poverty, and 70 percent of adult welfare recipients have low literacy rates.

This webinar will provide an overview of the current state of adult literacy and education in the United States and explore how programs are addressing these challenges. It will feature successful program strategies for improving literacy levels and preparing adults for sustainable employment.

Featured Media Clips

'Second Chance' for Ex-Felons: How Iowa's Governor, State Leaders Aim to Remove Barriers
Fox28 | Iowa

Pennsylvania Senate Unanimously Passes Proposal to Help Ex-Offenders Get Professional Licenses
WITF | Pennsylvania

[Opinion] How to Give Incarcerated People a Real Second Chance
Forbes | National
 
Oklahoma's First Lady Welcomes Commuted Workers to Centennial House
9News | Oklahoma

Governor, Business Leaders Head To Prison To Help Defy Colorado Program Participants
CBS4 | Colorado
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