Criminal Justice

The criminal justice system and the collateral consequences that flow from it disproportionately harm low-income people and people of color. NCLC uses consumer law tools to stop abusive practices perpetrated against justice-involved people, including imposition of unaffordable fines and fees, debt-based barriers to criminal record clearing, harsh debt collection tactics, and predatory profiteering by public and private actors that impose unfair charges on captive consumers.

Key Topics

Background Checks

Fighting inaccurate and discriminatory criminal background checks that are a bar to jobs and housing.

Consumer Issues for Justice-Involved Individuals

Working to stop unfair financial practices in the criminal justice system and to ease re-entry.

Criminal Justice Debt, Fines & Fees

Addressing harmful debts resulting from criminal justice system involvement.