Fines & Fees Program
Why We’re Doing It
The Florida Rights Restoration Coalition believes returning citizens can play an essential role in strengthening our communities and increasing public safety. FRRC launched the Fines & Fees Program because we believe in the value of returning citizens’ contributions to our communities.
How It Works
FRRC’s Fines and Fees Program helps returning citizens break down any barriers they may have to voting from financial obligations (e.g. fines, fees, or court costs) that arose from a felony conviction (excluding murder or felony sexual offenses).
To streamline the process wherever possible, we are working closely with stakeholders in several counties to coordinate the use of the court system and current provisions of the law to address financial obligations for returning citizens who apply. In addition, FRRC has partnered with the League of Women Voters of Florida to develop an Attorney Assistance Program so that pro bono attorneys can assist returning citizens through the process and advocate for relief as needed on a case-by-case basis.
Returning citizens may also be eligible for direct financial assistance from our Fines and Fees Fund. The assistance would be in the form of a scholarship-type award that would be payable directly to the clerk of court for the county in which the returning citizen was convicted.
Returning citizens with questions or uncertainty surrounding their situation should still apply, as our team addresses each applicant’s submission as they are received.
FRRC has partnered with the League of Women Voters to develop a pro bono Attorney Assistance Program that will help returning citizens determine eligibility and pursue modification options when needed.