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Civil Fines and the Cycle of Poverty

By Ariadne S. Montare

In the 1980s courts began looking to fines, fees, and penalties as a source of revenue funding for the judicial system to replace funds lost by cuts to state and municipal budgets. This trend increased following the 2008 recession. Now many states are reevaluating their fees and fines structures in response to increasing pressure from advocates for the poor and good government groups.

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