How fines and fees perpetuate injustice

State and local jurisdictions are relying on fines and fees to balance their budgets — effectively turning police into revenue generators and tax collectors. And because of over-policing in low-income communities of color, those budgets are being balanced on the backs of the people who can least afford it. When policymakers rely on mass criminalization to balance their budgets, it corrupts local governments, perverts law enforcement incentives, and undermines police-community relations.