The Debt Penalty: Exposing the Financial Barriers to Offender Reintegration

John Jay College of Criminal JusticeThis paper from The Research and Evaluation Center at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice catalogues the different ways contact with the criminal justice system can lead to long-term financial consequences. These include court fees, restitution, child support, arrest fees, late fees, and interest charges, as well as barriers to employment and financial assistance.

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