TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Amelia Ferrell Knisely on Nov 20, 2015

An investigative report from WREG finds that ex-offenders continue paying for their punishment through complex fines and fees associated with the criminal justice system long after they have completed serving their time. A basic fee schedule does not exist in Memphis, according to WREG, and the amount of fines and fees vary by crime. "I don't disagree that people shouldn't foot the bill if they commit a crime, [but] we've gone well beyond that," says Josh Spickler, executive director of Just City -- a local group committed to reform. Spickler says the group plans to conduct research on the issue, including how the fines impact taxpayers.