Why inequitable and burdensome court-issued fines and fees are a health issue - and what health and policy leaders can do about it

In this brief, Jeremy Spiegel, Esq., Ashley Maddison, Esq., and Puja Upadhyay of the Rutgers Law School/Camden Coalition Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP) describe the negative health effects that court-imposed fines and fees can have on individuals with complex health and social needs. The brief includes insights from a Camden Coalition nurse and an MLP client, as well as recommendations for providers and policymakers to address the problem of inequitable fines and fees at both the individual and systems levels. 

Special thank you to Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP for providing the brief’s foreword.

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