The Criminal Justice Policy Program (CJPP) at Harvard Law School recently released a Criminal Justice Debt Reform Builder to bring transparency to the system of fees and fines in the criminal justice system.
The Reform Builder provides easy access to state laws that govern fines and fees and possible policy solutions. The tool allows users to review national criminal justice debt metrics and state statistics; a state analysis of laws governing criminal justice debt; a law explorer search feature; and a shareable space for users to analyze and consider policy alternatives.
CJJP conducts research and advocacy to support criminal justice reform. The Debt Reform Builder is part of CJPP’s National Criminal Justice Debt Initiative – aimed at reforming the way jurisdictions around the country impose and collect fees and fines in the criminal justice system—in collaboration with the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society and metaLAB, both at Harvard University.