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.
California keeps millions in child support while parents drown in debt - CalMatters
May 03, 2021
Changing unfair fines and fees that can derail the lives of people who can’t afford to pay - CalMatters
March 01, 2021
The High Cost of Jail Calls and Commissary Markups - Aspen Institute
February 23, 2021
Survey of People Incarcerated in San Francisco County Jails
February 18, 2021
Justice is Calling
February 18, 2021
New Fine and Fee Discounts for Struggling San Franciscans - The Financial Justice Project
February 02, 2021