Source: (2007) New York, NY: Council of State Governments Justice Center.

The first report of its kind, Repaying Debts offers practical advice to lawmakers, corrections administrators, court personnel, child support enforcement officials, victim advocates, and other professionals who want to ensure that people released from prisons and jails meet these financial obligations. This summary provides an overview of the full report, including highlights of relevant research, policies that should guide an initiative to improve the likelihood that people released from prisons and jails or under criminal justice supervision will successfully meet their court-ordered financial obligations, and practical recommendations for implementing those policies. It also includes examples from a variety of cities, counties, and states that may provide valuable ideas for other policymakers to tailor to their own efforts. (excerpt)


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