HELP US FINISH THE FEES FOR FAMILIES!

Pass SB 586

Every year in California, people who come into contact with the criminal justice system are charged thousands of dollars in administrative fees, including fees for diversion programs, civil assessments, record sealing. In some counties, probation registration alone came with a $1,800 price tag.

These fees are mostly charged to low-income people of color who are trying to get back on their feet and unable to pay off this debt and balance daily living expenses. These fees were never meant to be punitive but have a dramatic impact on families.

Things as simple as setting up a payment plan incur fees and this ongoing debt can lead to garnished wages, dings to their credit scores, and increased financial instability. We know that local governments often end up spending more money trying to collect fees than the fees are worth.

Last year, we worked to pass AB 1869 which abolished 23 administrative fees, we’re building on this work by eliminating the remaining 60+ fees that can still be charged.We need your help to finish the fees and help advance debt free justice for all.

Ask your state assemblymember to vote YES on SB 586!

Message Recipients:
Your California State Assembly

Lupita Carbello
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Your Message

I am writing to respectfully request that you support Senate Bill 586 to help California families get back on their feet.

We know that many local governments end up spending more money trying to collect fees than the fees are worth. California has a billion dollar budget surplus. Local governments should not be propping up their budgets on the backs of people of color who are struggling to make ends meet.

SB 586 provides much needed relief from the remaining unjust fees and I urge you to support this bill.

Sincerely,

[First Name] [Last Name]
[Your Address]

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