Efforts to raise court fees and surcharges on people convicted under Montana’s criminal code should be rejected by lawmakers.
Such measures would:
- Saddle formerly incarcerated individuals with more hefty fees that many are unable to pay back, making re-entry much more difficult, harming public safety in the process.
- Fund our court system with surcharges and fees, distorting our justice system with perverse incentives to rely on convictions for revenue and undermining due process.
- Add to an overly burdensome set of existing fees. Montana already has more criminal justice-related fees and surcharges than any neighboring state.
Tell lawmakers to reject any measures that would raise court fees and surcharges.