Graduating Economic Sanctions According to Ability to Pay

Author:Beth A. Colgan
Position::Assistant Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law

There is growing recognition that economic sanctions—fines, surcharges, fees, and restitution—are routinely imposed at rates many people have no meaningful ability to pay, which can exacerbate financial instability and lead to the perception that economic sanctions are unfairly punitive to people of limited means. Concerns triggered primarily by highly punitive tactics, including incarceration and long-term... (see full summary)

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