San Francisco is the first city and county in the nation to launch a Financial Justice Project to assess and reform how fees and fines impact our city’s low-income residents and communities of color. Fines, fees, and financial penalties can trap low-income residents in a maze of poverty and punishment and prevent people from succeeding. We work with community groups, city and county departments and the courts to advance reforms that work better for people and for government. Working with our partners, we have eliminated or adjusted dozens of fees and fines to lift a financial burden off of struggling residents. We are housed in the San Francisco Office of the Treasurer & Tax Collector.
Working with our partners, we’re making a difference
Every single one of us is dealing with this stuff. We know what it looks like to be dealing with these systems that continue to trip us up when we’re trying to get on our feet.
--Amika Mota, Young Women's Freedom Center
Someone tells their story and officials who are drowning in paperwork can better understand the magnitude of the issue.
--Javier Bremond, Community Housing Partnership
I’m speaking on behalf of the other homeless people. It feels good to be able to be part of something bigger than yourself.
Jail stores should provide low-priced necessities, not generate punitive profits - Spotlight on Poverty & Opportunity
September 02, 2020
In California, how much do parents pay to talk to their children who are locked up in county juvenile facilities?
How much do California jails charge incarcerated people for toothpaste, soap, and coffee?
San Francisco becomes first county in the nation to offer free calls to jail inmates - POLITICO
August 10, 2020
San Francisco Board of Supervisors Affirms Commitment to Fine and Fee Justice in Budget
July 23, 2020