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When All Else Fails, Fining the Family: First-Person Accounts of Criminal Justice Debt

Screenshot 2015-06-11 10.08.25This report from the Center for Community Alternatives (CCA), in collaboration with researchers from the City of Newark, New Jersey, and Cornell University, explores the impacts of the frequently crippling financial obligations facing individuals reentering the community from jail or prison. The paper, “When All Else Fails, Fining the Family: First Person Accounts of Criminal Justice Debt,” features real stories from formerly incarcerated individuals and their families who face considerable sums of criminal justice debt from court fines, fees, victim restitution, and child support.