Trends in State Courts: Fines, Fees, and Bail Practices—Challenges and Opportunities

This report from the National Center for State Courtsncsc square (NCSC), as part of its Report on Trends in the State Courts series, addresses the impact of court-ordered financial obligations on low-income communities and focuses on what can be done to confront the effect of such fines, fees, and bail practices on these groups. The report discusses the history of bail reform in the United States, the issues surrounding supervision fees for children on probation, the racial impact of criminal justice debt, and how NCSC’s revised Measure 7 in CourTools can help courts reassess their practices for imposing and enforcing court-ordered financial obligations.