Predatory Government? The Experience of Three Counties to end High Pain/Low Gain Fees Charged to People in the Criminal Justice System
Stephanie Campos-Bui, Policy Advocacy Clinic, UC Berkeley School of Law;
Stephanie Campos-Bui is a clinical supervising attorney in the Policy Advocacy Clinic at UC Berkeley School of Law. She conducts research on fines and fees imposed on youth in the juvenile legal system and their families as well as adults in the criminal system and regularly provides technical assistance to advocates and jurisdictions across the country on these issues. Stephanie is the co-author of High Pain, No Gain: How Juvenile Administrative Fees Harm Low-Income Families in Alameda County, California (2016); Making Families Pay: The Harmful, Unlawful, and Costly Practice of Charging Juvenile Administrative Fees in California (2017), and Fee Abolition and the Promise of Debt-Free Justice for Young People and their Families in California (forthcoming). She received her JD from Berkeley Law in 2014 and is a member of the California bar.
Anne Stuhldreher, City and County of San Francisco;
Anne Stuhldreher is the Director of The Financial Justice Project in the Office of the Treasurer for the City and County of San Francisco. San Francisco is the first city in the nation to launch a Financial Justice Project to assess and reform how fines, fees, and financial penalties impact the cities’ low-income residents. The Financial Justice Project has worked with city departments and the courts to adjust or eliminate dozens of fines and fees. The reforms have lifted tens of millions of dollars in debt off of tens of thousands of people and eliminated barriers to employment. San Francisco has stopped charging people a long list of fees when they exit the criminal justice system; cut towing and boot fees in half; and stopped suspending people’s driver’s licenses for missing a court date or failing to pay traffic tickets. A list of the Financial Justice Project’s accomplishments are here. Stuhldreher is also a senior fellow with the Aspen Institute’s Financial Security Program. Stuhldreher’s work has been covered by the New York Times and she has been profiled by the California Sunday Magazine and The Spotlight on Poverty. She writes op-eds for outlets such as The Washington Post, The Sacramento Bee, and The Los Angeles Times.
Mary Sylla, Financial Justice Program, Rubicon Legal Services
Mary Sylla is a Staff Attorney at Rubicon Programs in Richmond, CA, engaged in policy advocacy to eliminate adult criminal justice fees in Contra Costa County. She has engaged in legal and policy advocacy to reduce the impact of incarceration on individuals, their families and communities in California for over 20 years. She has advocated for improved HIV and HCV prevention, education and treatment during incarceration, and also designed and implemented novel public health interventions including condom access for prisoners which resulted in legislation and broad condom access for prisoners in California. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Public Health at Touro University and teaches the introductory course of the first Criminal Justice and Public Health track in a graduate Public Health program.
Brandon Banks, Contra Costa Public Defender
Brandon Banks has dedicated his entire legal career to indigent defense work. He has been an attorney at the Contra Costa Public Defender since December 2002. During that time, he has represented clients in cases ranging from misdemeanors to serious felonies. Brandon Banks has tried over 50 jury trials, including multiple murder and life cases. Brandon Banks is currently the Clean Slate attorney at the Contra Costa Public Defender.