Apply NOW to attend the Cities & Counties for Fine and Fee Justice Bootcamp
Cities & Counties for Fine and Fee Justice (CCFFJ) is hosting a "Bootcamp" convening on March 3-4, 2022 for local jurisdictions interested in advancing local fine and fee reform. Over the course of 2 days, representatives from jurisdictions across the country will have the chance to learn from experts who have engaged in this work and walk away with detailed guides for various reforms to help them get started.
Attending the Bootcamp is a prerequisite to be selected as a team for Cities & Counties for Fine and Fee Justice’s second cohort (which begins July 2022). Cities & Counties for Fine and Fee Justice is a leadership network of teams made up of government and community representatives from specific localities across the country. Teams are awarded grant money and access to policy, research, and data experts to advance cutting-edge fine and fee reform in their localities.
Please complete the CCFFJ Bootcamp Application by Sunday, January 16, 2022 (please coordinate with others in your jurisdiction to submit one application).
What is the purpose of the Cities and Counties for Fine and Fee Justice Bootcamp?
The Bootcamp will provide:
- An overview of the problem of government reliance on fines and fees
- A training on the Roadmap to Equitable Fine and Fee Reform framework
- Deep dives on specific reform issue areas, including roundtable conversations with policymakers and advocates leading on these reforms
- Actionable tools and resources to advance reform
- A walkthrough of the application process to join the second Cities and Counties for Fine and Fee Justice cohort. Cohort teams are awarded grant money and access to policy, research, and data experts to advance cutting-edge fine and fee reform in their localities.
When and where will the Bootcamp take place?
Date: Thursday, March 3 — Friday, March 4, 2022
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Who should attend the CCFFJ Bootcamp?
City and/or county jurisdictions should apply as a team of at least 2 individuals. Team members should include at least one city or county government official or employee (e.g., senior staffers from the Mayor’s Office, Budget Office, Office of Racial Equity, etc.)
Other team members may include:
- Courts, prosecutors, and public defenders
- Community organizers and advocates
What costs will be covered?
CCFFJ will cover the cost of travel, meals, and lodging for up to two representatives per jurisdiction.
What will the topics of the Bootcamp include?
Participants will learn about numerous topics related to fine and fee reform, including deep dives on the following:
- Administrative Fees in the Criminal Legal System
- Driver’s License Suspensions that penalize people for their poverty
- The High Costs of Incarceration
- Fines that serve no compelling policy purpose and/or exceed people’s ability to pay
How do I apply to attend the Bootcamp?
If there are more than 2 members in a jurisdiction interested in attending the Bootcamp, how will you decide who can attend? Will you take additional members if they are funded independently?
Applicants should list alternate attendees in the interest form. We will contact the applicant if space becomes available for more than 2 attendees per location.
Can my jurisdiction attend the Bootcamp even if we don’t anticipate applying for Cohort 2?
Yes. Any jurisdiction interested in the issue of fine and fee reform is encouraged to attend.
Is my jurisdiction required to attend the Bootcamp to apply to join Cohort 2?
Bootcamp attendees will be given strong preference during the selection process for the second CCFFJ cohort.
If my jurisdiction was a participant in Cohort 1 can I still apply to attend the Bootcamp?
Yes, although preference may be given to applicants who were not Cohort 1 participants.
Can community organizations and advocates attend the Bootcamp if there is no corresponding city or county participant?
Directly-impacted people and community organizers/advocates should apply even if they are not currently connected to a city or county government official or staffer. Once we’ve received all applications, we will do our best to connect applicants from the same jurisdiction to each other. If no connection exists, we will make determinations on a case-by-case basis.
What are your safety protocols regarding Covid-19?
As part of our continued commitment to honor the health and safety of all attendees, we are diligently tracking Covid-19-related risks — if the CDC or local guidance indicates that in-person gathering in March 2022 is unsafe, we will postpone the event. However, if we are able to convene in-person, we will require that all attendees adhere to the following protocol:
- In advance of the event, all attendees must provide proof of complete Covid-19 vaccinations and booster shots if within the last six months.
- All attendees will be required to wear masks throughout the event.
- All dining will take place outdoors (weather allowing); Phoenix should be sunny and warm in March.