San Francisco moves toward eliminating fees for incarcerated individuals

San Francisco Board of Supervisors President and acting mayor London Breed smiles at a Board of Supervisors meeting at City Hall in San Francisco, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. Breed became the city’s acting mayor Tuesday following the sudden death of Lee, and is the first African-American woman to lead the city in the midst of a seemingly endless technology driven economic boom. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

San Francisco Board of Supervisors President London Breed introduced legislation Tuesday calling on the city to stop collecting debilitating fines and fees that hinder incarcerated individuals from having the financial means to support themselves and reintegrate into society once they are released.

The battery of fees, which can follow inmates for years after their time behind bars, can slice paychecks by half, according to Breed.

Host Chip Franklin and Nikki Medoro took a few minutes to imagine what it would be like to get out of jail, only to find you were, essentially, set up to fail. Plus they raise the question: Should people who live below the poverty line face reduced fines overall?

Listen to the segment below to hear their conversation and find out where they stand on the legislation. 

 

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