Restitution has created a life sentence for many returning citizens. They are unable to purchase homes, cars, life insurance, and have bank accounts and credit cards. These barriers to reentry cause detrimental financial and psychological effects on women and their families. Many of the women’s convictions were based on the mortgage meltdown of 2008.
While the banks and executives received bailouts, civil fines, and minor penalties, the government determined that there were billions of dollars of restitution to be paid by these women.
Restitution is another way to keep justice-impacted and formerly incarcerated individuals confined, imprisoned, and locked out of opportunity for ourselves and those we love. The remission of these egregious fines is a step toward racial and gender justice.
WE DESERVE JUSTICE. WE DESERVE OUR LIVES BACK.
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