On April 14th, elected officials, advocates, and people impacted by New York’s predatory court fines and fees rallied in front of Manhattan Criminal Court to demand an end to the criminalization of poverty and the passage of the End Predatory Court Fees Act in the final two months of New York’s legislative session.  News of the campaign to end New York’s predatory court fines and fees has been picked up by dozens of outlets and counting. Check out the latest press and photo highlights below and watch the video recording here.


“It’s almost unfathomable,” said Marvin Mayfield, lead statewide organizer with the Center for Community Alternatives. “These court fees have been a backdoor tax on those who are least able to pay — now it’s time to undo the harm of New York’s regressive, ineffective and predatory court fees.”


Queens Daily Eagle: New York advocates urge Albany to eliminate court fines and fees

“They don’t talk about the children, about the families victimized,” Perkins said. “You pay the fine or go to jail. They are constantly profiting off of us. Enough is enough — it is time for a major change.” The Queens Daily Eagle takes note of  No Price on Justice member, Peggy Perkins’s, moving speech on why it’s time to end this cruel practice that traps thousands in poverty. Read more.

   Advocates and people impacted by New York’s predatory court fines and fees gather at the No Price on Justice rally.

El Diario: Piden pasar ley que elimina tarifas judiciales predatorias y acabar así con la ‘criminalización de la pobreza’

 “Ya mi hijo está de vuelta en casa pero debo trabajar horas extras para pagar esas deudas, multas y tarifas de la corte, y hasta el reciente cheque de estímulo que me dio el Gobierno lo usé en estas deudas. Ellos siguen cobrando esos montos para mantener a sus jueces, a costa de nuestra dignidad y creando más pobreza”, — Peggy Herrera, miembro del ‘Center for Community Alternatives’ y líder de la campaña ‘No Price on Justice’. Para leer mas del discurso poderoso de Peggy y las metas completas de la campaña, vaya al El Diario

TV Coverage:

WIVB-BUF (CBS) — News 4
WTEN (ABC) — News10 at Noon
WXXA (FOX) — News10 at 7am on FOX23


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Contact Jag Davies, Communications Director at Fines and Fees Justice Center at jdavies@ffjc.us.