First-Of-Its-Kind National Poll Reveals Broad Consensus for Fines and Fees Reform
Date:  02-09-2021

82% of U.S. voters support stopping the collection of fines and fees during the Covid-19 economic downturn
From Fines, Fees, and Justice Center
The first-ever nationwide poll of U.S. voters on fines and fees policies revealed broad support for a wide range of reforms.

“These results show that fines and fees reform isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s also the politically smart thing to do,” said Lisa Foster, Co-Director of the Fines and Fees Justice Center. “Voters want action — and elected officials would be wise to pay attention.”

  • 82% of U.S. voters support stopping the collection of fines and fees during the Covid-19 economic downturn. 80% of U.S. voters support reducing or replacing fines for minor violations of the law.

  • 74% of U.S. voters believe everyone should pay for the justice system, not just those charged with a crime.

  • 79% of voters believe that government revenue should not depend on making people pay more through fines, fees, and tickets.

  • A majority of voters oppose debt-based driver’s license suspensions (51%-45%), with the margin expanding significantly after hearing pro and con messages (57%-41%).

    “These reforms represent significant steps to reduce economic and racial inequality throughout the U.S.,” said Joanna Weiss, co-director of the Fines and Fees Justice Center. “When jurisdictions rely on police and judges to generate revenue through fines and fees, it’s a lose-lose situation for both residents and their government.” Continue reading >>>