About The Campaign
Debt Free Justice is the only campaign that’s leading a national effort to support those who are actively advocating for policy change to abolish fees and fines in the juvenile justice system.
We are the leading voice for the abolition of this harmful practice.
Although national attention has centered on fees and fines in the adult system, only recently have more jurisdictions begun to challenge the issue as it impacts youth and families.
What We Do
We support advocacy efforts at the local, state, and federal level. Debt Free Justice ensures that resources—research, sample litigation, technical assistance, legal expertise—are readily available to help people pass laws and change policy in their state.
We’re supporting efforts in every state
Since 2015, we've supported legislative efforts in 35 states and partnered with local organizations on the ground across the entire nation. See what’s going on in your state.
How we got started
This campaign came together because three partner organizations—Berkeley Law Policy Advocacy Clinic, National Center for Youth Law, and Juvenile Law Center—were doing similar work to abolish fees and fines in their states. Together, they created Debt Free Justice to make a larger, national impact.