Final State Budget Includes Elimination of Parole Supervision Fees; No Price On Justice Coalition Calls On Legislature to Pass the End Predatory Court Fees Act In Its Entirety
ALBANY – In response to New York’s final budget, which includes the elimination of parole supervision fees, the No Price on Justice coalition released the following statement:
“While the elimination of parole supervision fees in the final state budget is an important step in addressing the harmful impact of court fines and fees, the legislature must go further to address the criminalization of poverty by passing the End Predatory Court Fees Act (A.2348B/S.3979C) in its entirety. This legislation would not only eliminate parole supervision fees, but also eliminate court and probation fees, mandatory minimum fines, incarceration for unpaid fines and fees, and the garnishment of commissary accounts. New York’s reliance on fines and fees for revenue encourages policing-for-profit, criminalizes poverty, and traps its residents in a cycle of poverty and punishment. By passing the entire End Predatory Court Fees Act, New York can end its dangerous reliance on this predatory revenue source. We continue to demand that the Legislature act to free New Yorkers from this financial bondage because there should be no price on justice.”
About the NO PRICE ON JUSTICE campaign:
No Price on Justice is a coalition of economic and racial justice organizations, grassroots groups, and impacted people working to end New York’s predatory court fines and fees.
Members of the No Price on Justice coalition include: Brooklyn Defender Services, Center for Community Alternatives, Citizen Action, Children’s Defense Fund, Color of Change, Community Service Society, Fiscal Policy Institute, Fines and Fees Justice Center, Legal Aid Society, New York Civil Liberties Union, New York Communities for Change, Partnership for the Public Good, and a dozen other organizations from across New York State.