Confronting Criminal Justice Debt: Introduction and Impact on Communities of Color

Speakers     Moderator
alexes harris
Alexes Harris
Professor of Sociology,
University of Washington
thomas harvey
Thomas Harvey
Executive Director
ArchCity Defenders
mitali nagrecha Mitali Nagrecha
Harvard University National Criminal Justice Debt Initiative
abby shafroth
Abby Shafroth
Staff Attorney,
National Consumer Law Center

America's justice system is increasingly financed by the imposition of heavy fines, fees, and costs on individuals accused of crimes and civil infractions. The costs are disproportionately born by the poor and people of color. This webinar will provide an overview of criminal justice debt as an urgent racial justice problem. It will outline key policy reforms and provide an overview of consumer, constitutional, and criminal litigation issues that arise with criminal justice debt.

About the Criminal Justice Debt Series

Confronting Criminal Justice Debt is a collaboration of the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) and the Criminal Justice Policy Program (CJPP) at Harvard Law School focused on the fines and fees imposed by the criminal justice system. The Confronting Criminal Justice Debt webinar series brings together leading attorneys, academics, and other advocates to identify problems with the current fine and fee practices, including the disproportionate impact on the poor and people of color, and to discuss litigation and policy solutions. The series aims to equip both civil and criminal justice advocates-including attorneys who work on issues of consumer rights, civil rights, and poverty law-to meet the challenges posed by criminal justice debt.

There is no charge for this webinar and all time listings are in Eastern Time. NCLC does not provide CLE credits for webinars, but will give certificates of attendance following the webinar for those who are interested.

If you are unable to attend the webinar, rest assured that it will be archived on the NCLC webinar page. Still have questions? Please email SarahEmily Lekberg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please note: This webinar can hold a maximum of 1,000 attendees. If you log in and the webinar is full, a recording of the webinar will be provided following the broadcast.


recording only

Additional material:
Confronting Criminal Justice Debt: A Guide for Litigation (NCLC)

Confronting Criminal Justice Debt: A Guide for Policy Reform (CJPP)

Event Properties

Event Date 10-04-2017 1:00 pm
Event End Date 10-04-2017 2:30 pm