With wins in more than a dozen states, the Debt Free justice campaign strives to eliminate the unfair and unjust practice of imposing fees and fines on youth nationwide.
When we act as a community, we make progress across the entire nation.
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.
This campaign came together because three partner organizations were doing similar work to abolish fees and fines in their states. Together, they created Debt Free Justice to make a larger impact. With a national campaign like Debt Free Justice, it would be possible to help make change across the nation rather than just in their respective states.
Success Means Fewer Fines & Fees
Each year, our campaign gains momentum, which means there is more legislative action across the U.S. calling to abolish fees and fines in the juvenile justice system. Below you’ll see the current status of reform. We also have maps indicating our progress since 2015 when our work started.
Working Together for the Greatest Impact
Our campaign is about politics. We’re working to protect children and our next generation. Every child deserves to have a bright future free from the trauma and financial burden created by the practice of juvenile fees and fines.
The Latest Campaign News
Justice Department Publishes Report on Policies that Reduce Fines and Fees
Community Art Project Aims to Reform Juvenile Justice System in Arkansas
Event: Ethical Reporting on the Experiences of Youth in the Legal System
DFJ Webinar: Freeman vs. Riverside Case Analysis
Webinar: DOJ Fines and Fees Guidance
Riverside County Settles Lawsuit, Ending Unjust Juvenile Fees
Make an Account, Make an Impact
When you make an account, you’re joining our network of advocates working to abolish fees and fines in the juvenile justice system. You’ll have the ability to add your organization to our directory and submit content that will support other advocates.