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.
Lower-Income Jurors in San Francisco Now Can Make $100 a Day, Under New Pilot Program - KQED
March 08, 2022
2022 Cities & Counties for Fine and Fee Justice Bootcamp Recording
March 04, 2022
Civil Assessments: The Hidden Court Fee that Penalizes Poverty - Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the SF Bay Area
March 02, 2022